Alaska is truly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in all of the USA maybe even the world. Commonly referred to as "The Last Frontier", it is one of if not the only last wild places left in the country. Touring this amazing and awe inspiring place we were humbled by nature everywhere we turned, from the beautiful snow capped mountains of the Kenai Pennisula, to the vast and powerful Mendenhall Glacier, … [Read more...]

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage)

As museums go the Anchorage Museum  is a one stop shop for a little bit of everything. There are some interesting exhibits on art and on photography and the history of Alaska but there were two exhibits that really caught our attention, the first was the permanent exhibit on the native Alaskan villages that is coordinated in conjunction with the Smithsonian and the other, a temporary exhibit about Gyre, the immense … [Read more...]

Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage)

As I planned our trip to Alaska, one of our main goals was to learn more about the native peoples-their history, their culture and their relationship with the land, surviving brutal winters in sub freezing temperatures. As we arrived in Anchorage we couldn't wait to explore the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a wonderful experiential museum that is a great introduction to all the native villages. Living in Alaska is … [Read more...]

The Moose’s Tooth (Anchorage)

As I've said many times before, locals are usually the winning bet for finding out where to get the best food.  Arriving at the Embassy Suites Anchorage in the evening, my crew was famished . We asked the front desk clerk where we could grab a bite since it was already late (9:30 pm).  She told us we just had to try The Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria around the corner-gourmet pizzas, salads, and other yummy treats … [Read more...]

Niggivikput-Our Place To Eat (Barrow)

If you are lucky enough or adventurous enough or both to head up to Barrow and you're looking for a good meal, you've just got to check out Niggivikput at the Top of The World Hotel.  After our plane ride from Fairbanks we were famished and had just enough time to grab some lunch before our tour of Barrow with Tundra Tours.  Lucky for us the hotel where the tour leaves from had a wonderful restaurant named … [Read more...]

Tundra Tours (Barrow)

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States located at the very top on the Alaska coast on the Arctic Ocean.  It's a place most folks will never visit but coming here was very important to me.  To me visiting a remote place like Barrow is what it truly means to savor life-to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover a place so unique, and a lifestyle so different from our own. There … [Read more...]

Gwin’s Lodge (Cooper Landing)

Sometimes you're starving and you pick out a place and hope for the best. Every once it a while (you breathe a sigh of relief as) you are happily blown away when it exceeds your expectations and everyone leaves happy and satisfied. Looking for a place to eat along the Sterling Highway, the kids and I stumbled across Gwin's lodge and decided to give it a try and man are we glad we did. Looking at the menu we … [Read more...]

Kenai River Fly Fishing (Cooper Landing)

Fly fishing for salmon on the Kenai river was one of the highlights of our entire trip. The only way I can describe being out on the river, at one with nature, is complete nirvana! It was not only a fun experience, but I felt as if my spiritual batteries had been recharged. It was an extremely special activity that my kids and I will never forget and one that I can't recommend highly enough if you get the chance to … [Read more...]

Kingfisher Roadhouse (Cooper Landing)

After an afternoon fly fishing on the Kenai river we asked our guide TJ where was the best place to eat in town. He rattled off a few names that he said were really good, but when he mentioned the Kingfisher Roadhouse his eyes lit up and waxed poetic about a burger that sounded off the charts fantastic. Well, as soon and we loaded up, we made a bee line straightaway.  At night this place apparently gets absolutely … [Read more...]

Denali National Park (Denali)

Denali National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in the world and it's sheer size makes it difficult to see without spending a huge amount of time here. Denali, means "The high one" and is the Athabascan (the local native Alaskan village) name for Mt. McKinley.  It has been a national park since 1917 and it is one of the last remaining places in the Unites States that we call wilderness. In doing our … [Read more...]