Theater and opera
Alaska Center for
the Performing Arts in Anchorage
This arts center in Anchorage was opened in 1989 and is
home to 3 theaters and attracts up to 200,000 visitors
annually. The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the
Anchorage Opera also play here. The theaters in the
- Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall
The Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall has 2,000 seats
and performs operas, chamber music and Broadway
- Discovery Theater
In addition to musical events, films are also shown
in this 700-seat theater.
- Sydney Laurence Theater
The Sydney Laurence Theater has 340 seats and offers
theater and film performances to visitors.
Museums worth seeing
Fairbanks Museum of the North
The Fairbanks Museum of the North is located
on the University of Alaska campus. The museum was
founded in 1917 with the mandate to preserve and examine
Alaska's cultural and natural heritage. For a long time,
the museum was housed in the University's Signer's Hall,
but due to the ever increasing number of exhibits, the
museum moved and has been housed in a new building since
2005. The museum's exhibits range from historical film
documents to archaeological exhibits to animal exhibits.
||September 15 to May 14: Monday to Saturday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; September 14 to May 15: Monday
to Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
||907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 474 75 05 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 474 54 69
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
Museums and exhibitions
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is a
1999 opened museum dedicated to the culture and history
of Alaska's indigenous people. It is also a meeting
place and a cultural center for the native people of
Alaska. The lively tours through the museum are
particularly interesting and gripping. There is also a
theater, reconstructed cities and art studios in the
||May 9 to mid-September: Daily: 9 a.m. - 5
||8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 330 80 00 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 330 80 30
Alaska Aviation Heritage
Museum in Anchorage
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage has set
itself the task of telling and preserving the history of
flight in Alaska and, above all, the myth of the pilots
who looked after and care for the wilderness. To achieve
this, the museum shows the museum shows several
historical aircraft and their history. The museum also
has two cinemas and a flight simulator that brings
visitors closer to the challenge of flying.
||May 15 to September 15: Daily: 9 a.m. - 5
p.m.; September 16 to May 14: Wednesday to
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
||4721 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99502
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 248 53 25 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 248 63 91
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, formerly
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, in Anchorage was
opened in 1968 and today has 16,000 mē of exhibition
space, making it the largest museum in Alaska. The
museum shows up to 20 changing exhibitions annually in
the fields of art, history and science. The museum's
collection includes 25,000 exhibits and 500,000
||May to September: Daily: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
October to April: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am
to 6:00 pm; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
||625 C Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Tel: 001 - (0) Fax: 001 - (0)
Alaska State Museum in Juneau
The Alaska State Museum in Juneau dates back to 1900.
Initially, the museum was used to collect objects from
the area, but later also became a research facility.
Nowadays the museum shows exhibits from Alaska's Russian
past as well as from America. Together with the museum's
art collection, the museum comprises around 6,700
||May to September: Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30
p.m.; October to April: Tuesday to Saturday:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
||395 Whittier Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801-1718
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 465 29 01 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 465 29 76
The Last Chance Mining Museum and Historic Park in
On the Gold Creek where the first Gold Juneau was
discovered, there is now the museum, which brings the
history of mining in the region and the gold rush back
to life. The museum shows exhibits from old mines, of
which the giant air compressor from 1912 is certainly
the most impressive piece.
||1001 Basin Road
Juneau, Alaska 99801
El Dorado Gold Mine in Fox
The El Dorado Gold Mine was founded in 1900 to
extract gold and had several owners through the middle
of the 20th century. With the acquisition of the mine by
Andrew Wescott, the transformation to a tourist
information mine began. Nowadays there are several
guided tours of the mine and train journeys on the site
every day. Visitors can also try their hand at
extracting gold using a ladle.
||May to September: Daily: 9:45 a.m. - 3:00
Fox, Alaska 99712
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 479 66 73 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 479 46 13
Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan
The Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan is famous for its
totem poles. The museum was founded in 1976 and since
then has shown totem poles from the 19th century as well
as traditional art by the local peoples Tsimshian,
Tlingit and Haida. The totem poles come from abandoned
Indian settlements near Ketchikan.
||May to September: Daily: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
October to April: Monday to Friday: 1 p.m. to 5
||601 Deermount Street
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Religious affiliation, churches
Religions in Alaska
Amazingly, only about 34% of the population of
Alaska officially belong to a church. These are rounded
up or down:
Orthodox Christians: 7.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 4.6%
Pentecostal Church: 2%
St. Nikolas Church in Juneau
This Russian Orthodox church, built in 1894, is the
oldest church in Alaska used for religious services.
With its onion domes, it still gives an impression of
Alaska's Russian history. However, it was not built by
the Russians, but by the local Tlingit people.
||26 5th Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 586 10 23
St. Michael Cathedral in Sitka
The cathedral was built in 1884, making it the first
Orthodox church on the American continent and is located
in the former capital of Russian Alaska, Sitka. This
Russian Orthodox church fell victim to a fire in 1966.
However, it was gradually rebuilt through donations from
many Orthodox Christians in the United States. The
precious artifacts inside the church were saved from the
fire and can be seen today.
||240 Lincoln Street
Sitka, Alaska 99835-7542
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Kenai
The Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Kenai is one
of the most beautiful Russian churches in Alaska. It was
built from 1895 to 1896. After a severe earthquake in
1964, the church was rebuilt and is now one of the
examples of Alaska's Russian history.
||1106 Mission Ave
Kenai, Alaska 99611
Zoos, parks and botanical gardens
Alaska Zoo in Anchorage
The Alaska Zoo was founded in 1968. Its beginnings go
back to 1966 when Jack Synder had to choose between the
two main prizes, $ 3,000 or a baby elephant, and chose
Due to its popularity, the Alaska Zoo gradually
developed. Today the zoo covers an area of
approximately 10 hectares on which around 100
different animals live.
It is commendable that the zoo today specializes
primarily in research, species protection and the
release of animals.
||September: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; November:
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; December to March: 10am - 4pm;
April to August: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
||Adults $ 12; Children (3-17) $ 6
||4731 O'Malley Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 346 21 33
Sitka National Historical
The Sitka National Historical Park is a park known for
the totem poles it contains.
The park was founded in 1910 as the Sitka National
Monument, making it the oldest park in Alaska. Today it
covers an area of approximately 450,000 mē.
The colorful totem poles and information boards are said
to commemorate the Tlingit Indians and their village
destroyed by the Russians in 1804 after the Battle of
But the trail in the park that winds past a total of 15
totem poles through a temperate rainforest is also worth
a visit. In the Visitor Center, exhibits of Indian and
Russian art can still be admired.
It is also possible to watch traditional "carvings" on
the totem poles.
|Opening times visitor center
||May to September: Daily: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
October to April: Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5
||Adults $ 4; Children under the age of 16
have free admission. Entry is free for everyone
in the winter months.
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 747 01 10
Fax: 001 - (0) 907 - 747 59 38
Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is the only public
aquarium. The aquarium was opened in 1998 and today
accommodates numerous residents of the maritime
ecosystem in Alaska on an area of approximately 10,500
mē. In addition to guided tours for tourists, the
aquarium conducts research and also maintains a
"recreation center" for injured aquatic life.
||May to September: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m.
- 6.30 p.m., Friday to Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6.30
October to April: Daily: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
||Adults $ 20; Children (4-11 years) $ 10
||301 Railway Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 224 63 00 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 224 63 20
Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks
The Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks is the
northernmost botanical garden in North America. Due to
the permafrost soil, the selection of plants in the
garden is of course limited and visitors can find plants
from the region as well as from China, Russia and
Iceland. The garden belonging to the University of
Alaska is also on their campus. In addition to the pure
presentation of the plants, research is also carried out
in this botanical garden.
||May to September: Daily: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
||Adults $ 3; Children under 6 years have free
||117 West Tanana Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 474 19 44
Alaska Wildlife Conservation
Center near Anchorage
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Anchorage
is a conservation area for injured animals with an area
of approx. 69 hectares. The Alaska Wildlife
Conservation Center was founded in 1993 and has since
then set itself the task of reintroducing animals such
as elk, bison, bear, eagle, coyote and fox. In addition
to simply visiting the animals, visitors can also find
out about the living conditions of the animals and learn
a lot about the local fauna.
||Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
||Adults $ 10; Children (4-12) $ 7.50
Girdwood, Alaska 99587
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 783 20 25 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 783 23 70
Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage
The Botanical Garden in Anchorage covers an area of
approx. 445,100 mē and is home to approx. 1,100 plant
species, of which approx. 150 species originate from
Alaska. Mainly there are spruces on the huge area and
the forest-like structure of the garden ensures that
visitors can occasionally encounter wild animals such as
bears or moose.
||Daily: sunrise to sunset
||4601 Campbell Airstrip Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 770 36 92 Fax:
001 - (0) 907 - 770 05 55
Sled dog races
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
The Iditarod dog sled race is considered the hardest and
longest dog sled race in the world. The route takes
about 1,868 km from Anchorage to Nome through the
untouched nature of Alaska. The race takes place
annually in March and lasts for several days. The
current record is 8 days, 22 hours and 46 minutes. The
dog sled race developed from the memory of the historic
Iditarod Trail, which was used to supply gold miners in
the north during the gold rush. Up to 50 drivers, the
so-called mushers, take part in the race with their 16
dogs every year. The history of serum transport from
1925 stands out as a kind of legend around the race. At
that time a diphtheria epidemic broke out in the area
around Nome and a race for the transport of medicine
from Anchorage to Nome broke out. In fact, at that time
numerous mushers managed to bring the medicine from
Nenana to Nome in about 5 days. This is all the more
remarkable considering the normal transport time of
around 3 weeks at that time.
The dog sled race Kuskokwim 300 is a medium distance
race that starts and ends in the city of Bethel. The
race has been held annually in January since 1980 and
attracts numerous mushers due to the $ 100,000 prize
pool. The route runs along the Kuskokwim River for about
The Yukon Quest is an annual dog sled race in Alaska
and the Canadian Yukon Territory. The route of the race
runs along the historical Klondike route and has a
length of approx. 1,600 km. Depending on the weather,
the race lasts between 10 and 14 days, with the mushers
having to transport all their equipment on their sledges
and are not allowed to accept any help. An exception is
the city of Dawson, where the mushers have to take a
break. The race has been running since 1984 and runs
from Fairbanks to Whitehorse in even-numbered years and
from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd-numbered years. The
record time of the race is 9 days and 26 minutes.
Major festivals and events in Alaska
Alaska State Fair
This folk festival, held annually by the state of
Alaska, has been held in the city of Palmer since 1936.
The Alaska State Fair attracts up to 300,000 visitors
annually and offers attractions such as the exhibition
of giant vegetables, the exhibition of all handicraft
products from Alaska, rodeos and numerous concerts.
||Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 745 48 27
Fax: 001 - (0) 907 - 746 26 99
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
This annual arts festival in the city of Fairbanks,
which takes place in the last two weeks of July, has
existed since 1980 and developed from an initial jazz
festival. Nowadays, the festival caters to all musical
tastes and also covers topics such as dance, opera,
musical theater and visual arts. Another special feature
are the many "workshops" offered, which give the visitor
the opportunity to become active in the respective art
||Tel: 001 - (0) 907 - 474 88 69
The Nalukataq Festival is a tradition of the Inupiaq in
northern Alaska which takes place in June due to a
successful whaling season. The festivities take place at
different times in different locations and correspond to
the local tradition which is comparable to the
World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks
This ice sculpture competition is the largest of its
kind in the world. Since 1989 over 100 sculptures by
artists from over 30 countries can be admired every
year. The range of sculptures ranges from relatively
small sculptures to huge sculptures weighing over 20
Denali National Park and Preserve Denali National
is one of the most famous national parks in Alaska. The
park is located in central Alaska and is named after the
Indian name Denali (the high) for the highest mountain
in America, the former Mount McKinley.
The mountain with a height of 6,194 m was given its old
name Denali back in 2015.
The park covers an area of 24,585 kmē, making it one
of the largest international biosphere reserves. Up to
400,000 visitors visit the park every year.
The park offers almost endless attractions from the
At the moment around 18% of the park is still covered by
glaciers, with climate change leading to a noticeable
Visitors can observe animals such as bears, moose,
caribou, wolves, beavers - including the "Big Dive" of
the park: bears, moose, wolves, caribou and Dall sheep,
which mostly live in higher altitudes.
But hiking is also extremely attractive in the different
regions consisting of mixed forest, tundra vegetation,
glaciers and rocks. However, it is important to ensure
that the equipment is safe.
There are around 750 different plant species, 40 animal
species and 160 bird species.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
The Gates of the Arctic National Park is
approximately 40,000 kmēlarge untouched
wilderness area in the Brooks Range of Alaska north of
the Arctic Circle. The area has been a national park
since 1980 and includes several valleys with glaciers,
rugged mountains, forests and arctic tundra vegetation.
Numerous rivers run through the area and thus ensure
extensive fauna. Only 1,500 people live in the park,
which has no official campsites or the like.
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Katmai National Park in southwest Alaska is famous
for its "Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes", which was
created in 1912 when the Novarupta volcano erupted.
There are at least 14 active volcanoes in the area. The
area has been a national park since 1980 and hunting is
only permitted in a small northern part of the park. The
national park covers an area of approximately 19,100
kmē and attracts over 20,000 visitors a year. Who visit
the park because of the very beautiful landscape as well
as the well-known large brown bear population and the
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park in the south of the state
of Alaska covers a total area of approximately 2,800
kmē, making it the smallest national park in Alaska. The
park is home to the Harding Icefield, the largest ice
field in the United States. The national park is located
on the coast and has almost 1,000 km of coastline that
results from the numerous fjords that give the park its
name. The populations of sea lions and orca whales
living in the park are particularly interesting.
Kobuk Valley National Park
The Kobuk Valley National Park is located in northwest
Alaska on the Arctic Circle and is therefore one of the
most remote national parks in the United States. The
approximately 6,750 kmē national park was founded in
1980. The park is not accessible by roads and therefore
the easiest way to get from Kotzebue or Nome by plane.
The park can also be reached by boat and in winter with
snowmobiles. Despite its northern location, there are
unexpectedly large sand dunes in the national park,
which were caused by the abrasive effects of the
glaciers. Large herds of caribou can be seen in the
park, as the park is on their hiking route.
Lake Clark National Park and
Lake Clark National Park in southern Alaska was founded
in 1980 and covers an area of approximately 16,300
kmē. The park is extremely varied because it contains
mountains, volcanoes, coastal sections and dense
forests. In the park there is also the eponymous Lake
Clark, which is an important spawning area for salmon.
The park can only be reached by plane or ship as there
is no road connection. This could be one of the reasons
why the park is visited by few people.
Other natural beauties
Portage Glacier near Anchorage
The Portage Glacier near Anchorage is located in the
Chugach National Forest and is almost 10 km long. The
Portage Glacier is well worth a visit because of its
very wide break-off edge and a trip on the lake in front
of the glacier is highly recommended.
Admiralty Island National Monument
The Admiralty Island National Monument is an
approximately 3,900 kmē wilderness area on the island of
Admiralty Island, which is located approximately 25 km
southeast of Juneau. The area is particularly
interesting because of its flora and fauna. The densest
brown bear population in North America is located here.
Grizzly bears, salmon, whales, sea lions, eagles and
other large wild animals can also be found here. The
landscape here is rainforest, tundra and coastal areas.
The only place on the island, Angoon, offers
Kachemak Bay State Park
The Kachemak Bay State Park is a 1,600 kmē nature
reserve in southern Alaska. The park cannot be reached
by road, but only by plane or boat. The city of Homer is
a good starting point. The park does not offer many
tourist accommodation options, but there is an
outstanding fauna, consisting of whales, sea lions,
otters, bears, moose and many other animal species.
Misty Fiords National Monument
The Misty Fiords National Monument is the largest
national monument in Southeast Alaska and even the
entire United States with approximately 9,200 kmē. This
nature reserve is characterized by high coastal
mountains and the resulting many fjords. In the fjords
there is a temperate rain forest with a high density of
spruce and fir. The park's fauna includes bears, moose,
deer, whales and many more. The best way to reach the
park is by boat or seaplane.
LeConte glacier near Petersburg
The LeConte Glacier is the southernmost glacier in
Alaska and impresses with its size and the shooting
icebergs. The glacier is about 35 km long and about 1.5
km wide. Large pieces of ice break off in the water of
LeConte Bay and fall into the water, creating a
spectacle. However, some pieces of ice break off under
the water surface and shoot out of the water due to
their density. These spectacles as well as the whales
encountered here make up the tourist attraction of the
glacier area. The best way to reach the glacier is from
Wrangell or Petersburg. From Petersburg you can also go
kayaking on the glacier.
Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
The Mendenhall Glacier is not far from the capital
Juneau and can be seen as one of Juneau's landmarks. The
glacier extends bluish-white up to its original area,
the Juneau Icefield. The Mendenhall Glacier is certainly
the easiest to reach glacier in Alaska. A wheelchair
accessible path leads almost to the ice edge and from
the visitor center there are wonderful views over the
lake and glacier. But hikers will also get their money's
worth, since numerous hiking routes of different
intensities lead around the glacier.
Pacific, Bering Strait and Arctic Ocean
Alaska borders the Bering Sea in the south - a
marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean into which the Yukon
flows - in the west on the Bering Strait and in the
north on the Arctic Ocean.
In the east Alska borders on the territory "Yukon" which
belongs to Canada.
Oil in Alaska
The oil boom - the black gold - in Alaska began when
oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska in
1968. In order to be able to transport the necessary
material here, the 416 miles = 670 km long Dalton
Highway was built between 1974 and 9177. In 1980, the
initially private highway was also released for public
On November 16, 1973, President Richard Nixon made it
possible to build a pipeline by signing the
"Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act" to transport
the oil extracted here to the ice-free port of Valdez on
Prince William Sound in southern Alaska.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline was then built between 1975
and 1977 - and on June 20, 1977, crude oil flowed
through the 1,287 km long pipeline, which has an inner
diameter of 1.22 m. The largest amount transported per
day in 1988 was around 2.1 million barrels (= 330,000
mģ) of crude oil.
The first tanker loaded with oil from the pipeline was
the ARCO Juneau, which set sail from the terminal in
Valdez on August 1, 1977.