Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, is the only lodge inside the park. And unless you flew over the lodge near Pedersen Glacier, you wouldn’t know it was there. It’s tucked away from the shore to minimize the lodge’s impact on other park visitors. In fact, Alaska Wildland has a robust environmental impact philosophy -- this is a real “eco-lodge.”
Scale confounds the modern wildlife-watcher here. Consider the sea otter, a common Resurrection Bay resident. From afar, it appears kitten-soft and cat-sized -- a furry log, rolling on the waves. Really, it is impressively hefty, reaching 5 feet and weighing about 70 pounds. A Steller sea lion bull grows to an average 8 feet long and weighs about 1,500 pounds.Andromeda Romano-Lax
A 16-foot-long, bright red rocket on wheels stands out in a quiet mid-Hillside Anchorage neighborhood. It’s not something one expects to see nestled up between a huge spruce tree and a two-story gray house.
The Valley of 10,000 Smokes in Katmai National Park has several selling points for the outdoors travel without a fat wallet. It's reasonably cheap, especially if you have some airline mileage. It's much different than anything you'll see in Southcentral Alaska and the hike doesn't require technical skills.Nathaniel Herz
Though no one was seriously injured when a White Pass & Yukon Route train derailed near the Alaska-Canada border last week, one passenger said the accident "could have been a hell of a lot more serious than it was."Megan Edge
Even for an Alaskan living in Anchorage I don’t get the sense that I am a speck on a vast landscape as often as I’d hope. I was awed and excited. As we walked, I heard “wow!” and “this is amazing” from the visitors. Alli Harvey
As additional details about the derailment emerge, the executive director of a Skagway clinic says her facility treated nearly two dozen White Pass & Yukon Route passengers for minor injuries.Megan Edge
I usually make the run to Fairbanks with a cooler full of sandwiches and snacks. But now that I looked at it, I grew curious about restaurants along the way and decided that on my return trip I would eat at some of the places I’ve passed a hundred times but never eaten at.Mike Dunham