There’s plenty on offer for adventurous travellers in America’s most Northerly state this spring, with the world-famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race taking place next month and a new Zipline route opening in May.
March 5 sees the start of the 2011 Iditarod, a 1,150 mile race across the Alaskan wilderness and you can be at the start line in the state capital of Anchorage with Alaska Backcountry Access.
After seeing off the teams, travellers then transfer to the finish line at Nome, a small Gold Rush town that hosts the finishing party, which has become known as the Mardi Gras of the North, due to its snowmobile races, art and craft fairs and many more attractions to excite visitors.
Alternatively, visit Alaska in May and get a bird’s eye view of the state on a zipline adventure. The four-hour Mammoth Waterfalls and Ultra Zipline Adventure from Alaska Excursions will open on May 6 and features 12 aerial thrill rides across the Skagway region.
Alaska Excursions is also offering backcountry sled dog rides and horseback adventures through the Dyea Valley, which features the remains of what was once a city of 10,000 gold rush hopefuls.