March 6, 2019 | Barb Huntley
Spring Break in Alaska doesn’t really involve spring; there are no messages for packing sunscreen or buying new bikinis. But, just because it doesn’t offer the typical beach vacation, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to explore, have fun and relax during Spring Break.
 
Visit Fairbanks– You can hop on the Alaska Railroad and head to Fairbanks for the week. You can visit the Ice Art Championships in early March, but if you miss the competition, they are usually still standing until mid-March. The temperatures are more tolerable this time of year so you can enjoy a dog mushing adventure without freezing. Or, you can take a short trip outside of town to Chatanika for Chatanika Days and the Outhouse Races.
 
Venture North– You can drive or take the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage towards Denali National Park. Talkeetna has local accommodations that you can rent that will give you unparalleled views of the Denali. Besides enjoying the sights, you can rent fat bikes or cross-country skis and head out on the trails at Talkeetna Lakes Park. Another option is to venture a little more north into Denali National Park and use your bikes and skis on those trails. If you’re lucky and the sky is clear, at night, you’ll be able to see the Northern lights.

Get Out on the Water– Water tours are starting mid-March and offer early discounts because heavy visitor season hasn’t started yet. Major Marine Tours offers gray whale tours starting from Seward and heading towards Resurrection Bay. Lazy Otter Charters also offers springtime sightseeing cruises starting in Whittier and heading towards Blackstone Bay. Seward Ocean Excursions offers private tours around Resurrection Bay on a smaller boat. A great chance to spot wildlife such as orca, otters, and porpoises.
 
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