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Why Alaska Should Be in Your 2023 Travel Plans

If you love travel and adventure, you’re in luck! The interest in adventure tourism is growing and there’s no shortage of authentic travel experiences around the state of Alaska. Adventure tourism is all about inspiring travel experiences while connecting with the local scenery, cultures and getting active.

As the growing market piques travelers’ interests, Gray Line Alaska calls to those who seek adventure in the state. With an array of options from multi-day Alaska tours with transportation, lodging and activities to sightseeing trips anywhere from one to 10 hours, there is no time to be bored in the 49th state!

Being the biggest state in the nation, there is no shortage of events and adventures happening around the state that will keep your travel bug going! As we prepare to bid farewell to 2022 and welcome in the new year, it’s time to start lining out what events and adventures you can find around the state during your visit.

2023 Special Events in Alaska

  • The 2023 Fur Rendezvous Festival marks the start of the annual Iditarod race and livens up the streets of downtown Anchorage with quirky winter sports, Alaska Native culture and plenty of unique events, including a fireworks display.
  • The annual Iron Dog event will celebrate its 40th year in 2023, attracting snowmobile racers from across the state for this true Alaska-style race.
  • The World Ice Art Championships bring together masters and novices of ice art to put their skills to the test in Fairbanks, Alaska, while visitors and locals enjoy the frozen works of art.
  • The first ever IRONMAN Alaska was hosted in Juneau in 2022, and the event was such a success it will be back in 2023! This event showcases Alaska’s grit and thirst for adventure and is a great opportunity for any endurance athlete or enthusiast to visit the state.

Fireworks over Anchorage

Adventures in Alaska

  • A Portage Glacier Cruise is one of the best ways to come face to face with some of the state’s mightiest glaciers.
  • Live out a national parks bucket list! Alaska is home to eight national parks. The most popular is arguably Denali National Park and Preserve, home to North America’s tallest mountain.
  • Head to the Copper River Valley where you can experience rich Alaska Native traditions and culture near America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (pictured at top).

No matter the adventure you decide to embark on, Alaska has a signature experience for everyone, making the state a must-do travel destination for 2023!

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