Mush! Hike! All Right! Let’s Go...Dog Sledding
January 26, 2016 | Permalink
Have you always wanted to go to Alaska? Are you a dog lover? Can't get enough of the wintertime? Currently living in a part of the country where it’s considered “cold” when the forecast is 60 degrees and sunny? If you answered yes to any of these questions, why not think about booking a hotel in Anchorage, Alaska sometime in March? Why March? There’s no better time to gear up and get out there so you can attend the 1,000+ mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race!
Intrigued? Read on for information about the famed race and other activities in Anchorage you can enjoy afterwards. One thing is pretty certain…it’ll be an action-packed trip of a lifetime, unlike any other you’ve probably ever experienced!
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
As everyone knows from Hollywood and bedtime stories, dog sledding in Alaska is as commonplace as, well, snow is! No race is as eagerly anticipated each year as the world famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which was originally established in 1973. Initially, the event was more of a test, and less of a race for dogs and their mushers. Today, though, it’s competitive and is hardly open to amateurs: to compete, you'll need a team of at least 16 dogs, the strength and willpower to last up to nine or ten days in the wind-whipping conditions and most importantly, the desire to race right on through dangerous blizzards and snowstorms! So, the race, while open to all spectators, is clearly not for the faint of heart. Think of the childhood book and movie Balto, times ten. The heart-stopping, ultra-competitive "Last Dash" portion of the race cuts through territory that is home to one of Alaska's largest native populations. Teams are required to rest at least eight hours before embarking on the infamous "Last Dash," and once they're back on the ice, it's anybody's game.
Cook Inlet — A Sight You'll Never Forget
After you’ve experienced the race, be sure you make time for one of the most beautiful places to visit in Anchorage — the stunning Cook Inlet, a 180-mile waterway from Anchorage to the Gulf whose views captivate travelers and residents alike. It's even got its own little dash of excitement, an active volcano! Don't worry though, the volcano hasn't erupted in quite some time and isn't expected to anytime soon.
Home to tidal boors, huge waves crashing against the current and exotic wildlife, the truly breathtaking views are perfect if you're planning a proposal or special celebration. If you have any commemoration in mind, this is certainly the place to do it. Plus, it's rich with history, from conflicts with Russian fur traders of centuries past, to explorers who risked their lives to, quite literally, put Alaska on the map. And if you really want to take in the views and are up for some serious adventure, flying tours are both breathtaking and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you’re looking for a unique vacation this winter, this could be the perfect adventure. Because especially in the winter, Alaska is the ideal spot to get in touch with nature, escape the city or really see what snowfall means!
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