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Meet 10 Mythical (and Mysterious!) Creatures Who Live in Alaska

What better way to spend a long, dark Alaska winter night than by telling stories? Storytelling is woven into the culture of Alaska, thanks in large part to the rich traditions created by Alaska’s Native peoples. For many generations, Alaska Natives have passed stories down through generations. Some tell origin stories about how certain aspects of the world came to be. Others act as lessons that reinforce a tribe’s cultural values. All have contributed to a considerable pantheon of mythical creatures that you might encounter in Alaska. Whether you’re wandering the shoreline, paddling a lake, walking down a dock, strolling in the woods—all those classic […]

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5 Things You Need to Live Off the Grid in Alaska

What’s piqued your interest about living off-grid in Alaska? Is it the feeling of freedom—the knowledge that you’re completely independent? Is it the fact that you can choose to live absolutely anywhere, even in the middle of the wilderness? Is it that sense of pride that comes from self-sufficiency? Whatever first attracted you to the idea of living off the grid in Alaska, there comes a time to stop dreaming and start planning. In other words, let’s talk about exactly what you need to live off the grid in Alaska. We’ll cover five basic necessities—and the not-so-basic versions of each that can make your life […]

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13 Things Every Alaska Resident Should Own

You made it! You’ve successfully moved to Alaska, and you’re getting yourself settled into your home in the Last Frontier. Now it’s time to stock up so you’re prepared for anything Alaska might throw at you. Below, you’ll find our list of the 13 things every Alaska resident should own. Whether you buy these items before you move—or make your purchases after you arrive—having these items on hand will ensure you’re ready for every kind of Alaskan adventure. Item #1: Bear Spray You’ll find bears almost everywhere in Alaska—especially brown bears, also known as grizzly bears. (Side note: If you’ve never lived in an area […]

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14 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Alaska

You may know Alaska as the 49th state, as the Last Frontier, as a place of unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife, brutal winters, and incredible natural beauty. However, we suspect there are still a few things you probably don’t know about Alaska. Check out this list of lesser-known facts about the Land of the Midnight Sun—and see how much you really know about Alaska. #1: The U.S. Wrote a Check to Purchase Alaska (And We Still Have a Copy of It!) In 1867, the U.S. ratified an agreement with Russia to purchase Alaska for the price of $7.2 million. Using the average inflation rate of the […]

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Know Your Salmon: The 5 Varieties You’ll Find in Alaska

Salmon fishing is one of those quintessential Alaska activities. In fact, a yearly average of 120,000 sport anglers catch close to a million salmon in Southeast Alaska each year. Considering the fact that you can find five different species of Pacific salmon in the state, Alaska is practically the perfect destination for any angler. Whether you want to enjoy the sport or the spoils, check out our guide to the five types of Pacific salmon you’ll find in Alaska. We’ll include some fun stats to get your competitive blood boiling, as well as cooking notes so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. (Or […]

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11 TV Shows That Will Give You a Taste of Alaska Life

Life in Alaska is often about extremes—extreme temperatures, extreme wildlife experiences, extreme lifestyles. Perhaps that’s what makes Alaska such a prime setting for reality television. Whatever the reason, reality shows tend to dominate the Alaska television landscape—with one notable exception. If you want to dip your toe into Alaska life—through the lens of commercial television, of course—check out the following eleven television shows. You’ll have to decide for yourself how close to “reality” they come. That said, they do represent the colorful kaleidoscope of people, occupations, and lifestyles you’ll encounter in the Last Frontier. Northern Exposure Comedy – Genre 1990-95 – Years DVD – Where […]

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