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Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley Private Tour
"From Anchorage we'll travel along the scenic Seward Highway. One of only 13 highways in the US with the distinction of ""All American Road"". Along the way we will have great opportunities to view and photograph wildlife and scenic vistas. First we stop at the beautifu where you will board the mv Ptarmigan for an optional one-hour cruise across the stunning scenery of iceberg-dotted Portage Lake. After the cruise stop in at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife. The AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round providing spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Here you can view and photograph up close Alaska's iconic animals that are unable to be released into the wild. Afterwards head back to Anchorage and enjoy a narrated city tour including all the best dining places.Whats Included:     Services of a professional private tour guide     Door to door round trip transportation from Anc
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Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour
"This fun 3-hour adventure starts from a pickup location of your choice. First you'll visit historic Ship Creek where Anchorage was first settled as a tent city in 1911. Here you'll find a thriving urban salmon stream where downtown anglers often catch salmon on their lunch breaks from work. This is also the location of the Anchorage rail terminal for the historic Alaska Railroad.Your guide will then take you to Earth where you can take in the stunning view of the Anchorage skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. You may even catch sight of a moose along the roadway! Next stop at the busiest seaplane base in the world Lake Hood. Watch as local bush pilots expertly land their planes and taxi to their landing docks. Following this stop you'll visit the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Take in the majestic scenery and scout for Beluga whales
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Private Tour: Anchorage 3-Hour Tour
"This fun 3-hour adventure starts from a pickup location of your choice. First you'll visit historic Ship Creek where Anchorage was first settled as a tent city in 1911. Here you'll find a thriving urban salmon stream where downtown anglers often catch salmon on their lunch breaks from work. This is also the location of the Anchorage rail terminal for the historic Alaska Railroad.Your guide will then take you to Earth where you can take in the stunning view of the Anchorage skyline set against the backdrop of the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. You may even catch sight of a moose along the roadway! Next stop at the busiest seaplane base in the world Lake Hood. Watch as local bush pilots expertly land their planes and taxi to their landing docks. Following this stop you'll visit the incomparable Turnagain Arm and Beluga Point. Take in the majestic scenery and scout for Beluga whales
From $345.00

Iditarod Tips (9)

Iditarod ceremonial start

Sure, the start line is where the excitement is, but you will get a better views and thinner crowds if you move a bit down the track! My experience was that it was easy to find free curbside parking on 5th avenue, and then just a short walk (five blocks, maybe) to the race area.

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liusia
Apr 08, 2011

The Balto Statue

TheBalto Statue in Downtown Anchorage marks the ceremonial starting point of the Iditarod, Alaska's legendary dogsled race. Balto was the final lead sled dog in a relay of dogsleds that brought vaccine from Anchorage to Nome just in time to stop a diptheria epidemic that was threatening to devastate Nome's population in the winter of 1925. The story of the sled dog relay is a classic tale of adventure and sacrifice, as dozens of dogs and mushers risked their lives in brutal conditions (-50 degree temperatures and whiteout blizzards) to save their fellow citizens. There is also a statue of Balto in New York City's Central Park.

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mikelisaanna
Aug 12, 2007

Iditarod Starting Line Statue

The grueling 1000+ mile Iditarod Trail Race, which begins in Anchorage, starts every year in early March to mark the 1925 sled dog relay to Nome to bring diphtheria serum.

This statue of the legendary lead dog Balto, located on 4th Avenue, marks the "official" starting point of the race. The Iditarod is actually re-started in Wasilla, Alaska, about 45 miles north of Anchorage.

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cruisingbug
Jul 22, 2005

The Iditarod

The start of the Iditarod is so popular that literally thousands of tourists line the streets of downtown Anchorage to watch. As a tourist I had imagined many teams starting at once, but they are actually announced and depart one team at a time.

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toontown
Mar 01, 2004
 
 
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"Iditadetour" 2003

The Iditarod draws tourists (and conferences) from all over for the start of the annual dog-sled race from Anchorage to Nome - so called the "Last Great Race on Earth."

In 2003 the weather so mild in Anchorage that they had to make the start of the race in Anchorage only a few ceremonial blocks and then re-start the race proper in Fairbanks. There was so little ice and snow in Anchorage that they had to bring truckloads of the stuff in and cover the city streets with it for the race. Fellow conference-goers from Washington DC joked that they must have imported the snow from Washington, since the East coast had been hit particularly hard that winter. I was quite relieved since, coming from Vancouver, I had no really good cold weather clothing in my closet!

Nevertheless, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod was a "must see" event. Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on a hundred dog teams and their mushers. The dogs themselves were surprising. I had pictured huskies as being big fluffy animals, but these dogs were bred lean, quite small but powerful - and VERY keen to run. It was quite a spectacle.

I understand that the 2004 Iditarod is scheduled for Saturday, March 6th in Anchorage.

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toontown
Feb 29, 2004

2003 Iditarod Trail Race

The world's most famous and richest dog sled race starts in Anchorage and ends 1100 miles later in Nome. It is the Iditarod Trail Race, and it commemorates the frantic run of blood serum on the Iditarod Trail to Nome during a cholera outbreak.

My dad always wanted to see the Iditarod, so he planned a trip from Ohio to visit me to coincide with the start of the 2003 Iditarod Trail Race. He also dragged both my brothers along, one of whom lived in California for many years and had no cold weather clothes!

The 2003 race was unusual because the winter was very warm and dry. For the first time in Iditarod history, there was no snow downtown, so snow from the Chugach Mountains had to be loaded onto dump trucks and dumped on the roads in Anchorage to give the racers some kind of snow base. The course on the first day was shortened; typically it went to Eagle River, about 16 miles away, but on this day the course ended at the Campbell Field Airstrip, about 5 or 6 miles away.

The Anchorage start is typically a pagaentry more than anything else; the "official" start of the race is always the next day in Wasilla, and is called by locals the "restart." This year, however, Wasilla was hit with the same drought as Anchorage, so the "restart" was moved to Nenana, just south of Fairbanks. This was a major rerouting of the trail, and the first time in the history of the Iditarod that this occurred.

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jjkent
Jan 25, 2004

The Iditarod Race

This endurance dog mushing race from Anchorage to Nome is one of the famous events of Alaska. If I recall correctly, it occurs during the winter month of March every one. If you happen to be Anchorage then, this is not to be missed.

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victorwkf
Jul 25, 2003

If you around Ancorage in...

If you around Ancorage in March, you should see the start of the Iditorod Race. It starts in the morning and allows 80 some contestants to leave every two minutes. You can visit with the riders and see the dogs and find out how much goes into this race.
Mushers are very nice and happy to talk and share their stories.

fem37
Aug 25, 2002

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Go to Anchorage in early march...

Go to Anchorage in early march for the start of the Iditarod dog sled races. ALso take a tour out to the Iditarod miseum just out of the city-
Also must take a bus tour out to Seward to go on a whaing cruise and see the glaciers

HeatherK
Aug 24, 2002

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Portage Glacier

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Saturday Market

The Downtown Saturday Market attracts vendors from all over the state. White tents line the way overlooking Ship Creek and parts of the Alaskan Railroad Depot. Eliminate the middle man department...
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Alaska Zoo

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Potters Marsh

Just at the southern edge of Anchorage, where the Seward Highway meets Turnagain Arm, is a large expanse of open wetlands. A wooden walkway has been constructed that allows you to walk out into the...
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