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alaska is celebrating in 2013 DAVID SHERMAN SUSAN SCHERMER 2012 was a great year for Alaska, with positive growth in the tourism sector, but 2013 promises to be even better: milestone celebrations, increased ship capacity, new flight routes and new accommodations. Perhaps it’s fitting that the Virtuoso Luxe Report noted Alaska is one of top five U.S. destinations to visit in 2013. Both photos: Kayaking and bear viewing are just a couple of the many activities available for vacationers in Alaska. paloma villaverde de rico There’s a lot going on in Alaska in 2013, says Lorene Palmer, director of economic development for Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, pointing to the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount McKinley, the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System, the 30th running of the Yukon Quest sled dog race, and the 25th anniversary of the “Friendship Flight” from Nome to Provideniya, Siberia. And you already probably know that the Northern Lights displays are putting on (and will continue to put on) a fantastic show this year, as well. In fact, says Palmer, “No matter what time of year someone visits, there most likely will be something to celebrate in 2013.” Tack on new accommodations, new product—both on land and at sea—and a landscape of ancient volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and towering glaciers that utterly amaze no matter how many times one visits, and there’s no denying Alaska has reason to look at 2013 as a banner year. by land Tour operators have added exciting new itineraries to their already long list of Alaska programs, whether it’s a private plane excursion that allows for a truly adventurous experience in the wilds of Alaska or a birding expedition in the state’s parks and fjords. Take Kensington Tours’ new 6-day, custom-designed Wild Sky Safari Adventure Alaska By Private Plane itinerary, which gives adventurers a bird’s-eye view of Alaska from their own private 22 march 2013 22-25 NA AKbyLand.indd 22 plane, and puts them up at Ultima Thule Lodge, nestled on the shores of the Chitina River deep in the heart of St. Elias National Park, 100 miles from any road. Clients will be able to go at their own pace as they set up unique adventures with expert wilderness guides. One day, they can go kayaking in glacier lakes and try their hand at salmon fishing, and the next day, go picnicking on icebergs or explore abandoned gold mines. Stress to clients that it’s the small bush plane they have access to that makes the difference, as it can land practically anywhere, which means they can be flown up into a mountain valley or put down on a sandbar at the edge of the forest. Rates start at $9,945 pp based on two to four persons, and includes pre-trip and private tours in Anchorage, all transfers, flights, fresh local cuisine and endless Alaska wilderness. Alaska Wildland Adventures’ 8-day Alaska Coast to Denali Journey: Introduction to Birding program introduces guests to Alaska birding, teaching birding basics and how to spot, identify and classify various species in Kenai Fjords and Denali national parks. The itinerary also includes wildlife viewing and options for guided hikes, kayak trips and small boat explorations. Departure is on June 2 and rates are $4,395 pp. Knightly Tours’ 9-day Bears, Mountain & Lodges tour, featured in Virtuoso’s The 2013 Collection, includes stays in private lodges in Denali National Park, and viewing, flightseeing and yoga on the Iditarod trail. The itinerary also includes visits to Alaska’s two largest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks, and one of its most charming vilrecommend.com 2/20/13 11:53 AM http://www.recommend.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2013

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Travel Indochina
Safaris in Southern Africa
Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska
Alaska is Celebrating in 2013
"Hard Rock" Chicago-Style: Rock out in the Windy City
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
Girldfriends' Getaway at Eden Roc, Miami Beach
Kyushu: The Rising Sun of Japanese Destinations
The New All-Inclusives in Jamaica Claim Their Turf
RIU Punta Cana
Costa Rica: A Trio of Detours
Touring Central & Eastern Europe

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