September 04, 2015 : Trapper Creek,
Alaska - Since 1999 we have returned to Alaska a
number of times. And each and every time this Great Land
continues to amaze. We've cruised the Inside Passage and the
Gulf of Alaska before. This time we chose to visit the
interior of Alaska, at the end of the Summer season, in
September. This is the time of the year, when the kids are
back in school, the weather is mild and many cruise
travelers take advantage of reduced rates just before every
hotel, lodge, restaurant and gift shop shuts down for the
winter. ( on or about September 17th )
trip we chose visits to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Denali
National Park. We also chose both Princess Rail and the
Alaska Railroad's 'Goldstar" service as well as motorcoach
transportation to get us from place to place.
Princess Wilderness lodge accommodations as Princess has
exclusive offers on over 26 land tours designed around its own
custom-built lodges. We included the most popular
sightseeing tours, including the more in-depth Tundra
Wilderness Tour of the six million acre, Denali National
Park and the Gold Dredge 8 and Discovery River Boat cruise
in Fairbanks. Thus, giving our readers a well-rounded look
at what they can expect when they visit Alaska.
a review of the land portion of a cruise tour that would
involve a 7 day Northbound or Southbound Alaska Cruise from
Vancouver to Anchorage or from Anchorage ( Whittler port )
to Vancouver, plus a 7 day land tour. Princess Cruise Ships
that tie into this type of land tour are Island Princess,
Coral Princess or Star Princess.
Northbound Cruise Ship Itinerary: Vancouver, British
Columbia | Ketchikan, Alaska | Juneau, Alaska | Skagway,
Alaska | Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)
| College Fjord, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Anchorage
(Whittier), Alaska , Then a 7 day land tour. Shorter land
tours as few as 3 days, plus the 7 day cruise are also
offered. And when you travel between ship and lodge by
Princess' Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail, ( an exclusive to
Princess ) you'll have a front-row seat for each and every
dazzling vista. Getting to the wilderness of Denali is now
quicker and easier.
Southbound Cruise Ship Itinerary : Anchorage
(Whittier), Alaska | Hubbard Glacier, Alaska (Scenic
Cruising) | Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic
Cruising) | Skagway, Alaska | Juneau, Alaska | Ketchikan,
Alaska | Vancouver, British Columbia. Shorter land tours as
few as 3 days, plus the 7 day cruise are also offered.
information on Alaska Cruses and Alaskan Cruisetours go
Up north there's a land without fences. Animals outnumber
people, sunlight shines at midnight and nature reigns. Life
is different. This northern frontier still boasts pristine
landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline that is one of
the most enthralling waterways in the world. Beyond Alaska's
fortress-like glacier walls lie scenic ports of call,
treasured national parks, and abundant wildlife, Including
Wolf, Moose, Caribou, Eagles, Whales and Bear. With more
than 1,400 miles north to south and 2,400 miles east to
west, Alaska is truly a land of epic proportions.
If you are planning to cruise Alaska, adding a land tour
offers you the ultimate experience and greater insight into the wonders of
Alaska. The opportunity to take advantage of a range of enriching options to see
the Great Land's glaciers, frontier towns, wildlife and national parks from the
perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and wilderness lodges.
The cost to add a 3 day land tour can be as little as $399
per person above the cruise fare, so it can be most affordable. More costly and
longer land tours range from 4 to 8 days, and you can choose from hosted or
fully-escorted, meal included Alaskan adventures.
So let's get started with our review.
Our journey began in Anchorage. We arrived mid-afternoon
at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
and were greeted by Princess representatives in the baggage claim area. Porters
moved our luggage out to the transfer bus and off we went to the celebrated
Hotel Captain Cook. Located
downtown Anchorage, 3 blocks from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, this
sophisticated hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Alaska Center for the Performing
Spread across 3 hotel towers, all of the rooms and suites
feature free WiFi, satellite TV and views of the Cook Inlet or Chugach
Mountains. The hotel has 4 restaurants and lounges, a health club with fitness
facilities and an indoor pool.
To our surprise the hotel had a very
special guest staying at the hotel at the same time we were in residence; The
President of the United States. President Obama was in Alaska for a series of
visits centered around the environment. So, there was a huge security presence
and some adjustments guests had to make like going through security similar to
what you find at the airport. The inconveniences were minimal and we were able
to get around the hotel and surrounding streets with ease.
Before dinner we
paid a visit to the "Log Cabin", Anchorage's Visitor
Information Center downtown. Friendly and helpful
guides can assist you in finding just the right things to
see and do during your visit in Anchorage and it's
surroundings. We learned that Anchorage is a place
where floatplanes are almost as common as cars. And, if you
travel at the peak of summer, total daylight lasts as long
as 18 hours a day!
Our three favorite things to do in and
Prince William Sound
Boasting more tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in North America, this
gorgeous deepwater sound is home to a host of rich marine life.
This giant wall of ice is one of Alaska's most popular and exciting attractions.
It's your chance to witness glacier calving and hear the thunderous roar when a
huge block of ice crashes into the sea.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through public education, this refuge
for injured and orphaned animals includes moose, elk, caribou, bears, musk oxen,
bison, deer, lynx and eagles.
The following morning, we had breakfast at Anchorage’s
well-known Snow City Cafe. The restaurant is famous for serving the freshest
ingredients available and they buy from local vendors whenever they can. Most
everything they serve is made from scratch. They also offer a range of healthy
choices, such as egg whites, fat-free cooking spray, or a side of fruit instead
of hash browns. Try the reindeer sausage. This Cafe is a must see-and-do visit
when you are in Anchorage.
After breakfast, we boarded our transfer coach headed for the Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge. On our three-hour motorcoach trip from Anchorage to
the lodge, the landscape is dotted with long stretches of valley and wetlands
populated with daisies, black and white spruce, cottonwoods, aspens and red
fireweed, the state flower.
When you are on a Princess cruise
tour, your luggage is transferred from one hotel to the next
via truck, and is there in your room when you arrive at your
next destination. The system worked to perfection. You need
only carry a small carry-on bag for your medicines, camera
and incidentals on the buses and on the train.
The ride up to the
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge** took a little over 3 hours. Along
the way, we were treated to an entertaining and informative commentary from our
Drive/Guide Penny. In her 70's, Penny was a treasure trove of facts and stories
about Alaska. The weather along the way was as near perfect for Alaska as you
can get. Bright blue skies, and nary a cloud to block the spectacular scenery.
As we approached our destination, we were treated to numerous sightings of the
20,320-ft.-high Denali, North America’s tallest peak.
Formally known as Mt. McKinley as of August 30, 2015, the
name reverted back to the moniker indigenous Alaskan Athabaskans referred to as
the "High One" : Denali. From now on, the mountain will be known as just
Denali: there is no "Mt." in front of the name Denali.
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is just 40 miles
from the peak of the mountain. On the day we arrived the mountain was in full
view. That's a rare occurrence, due to the mountains changing weather patterns,
and it only happens about 30% of the time. It's a spectacular view -- when you
can get it. The lodges' back deck faces the mountain, and offers one of the most
inspirational views of the mountain found anywhere. The "Great Room"
features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on Denali and the Alaska Range.
There's a rustic feel to the lodge with a number of
accommodation buildings in a campus-like setting surrounded by woods and hiking
paths. The lodge, with over 400 rooms sits on 147 acres overlooking the Chulitna
River. Rooms are comfortable, nicely sized and rustic themed with two
comfortable queen size beds. Decorated with framed prints of bear, moose and
other wildlife and colors that highlight a natural palette of light and dark
brown, forest green and umber. Each room has a TV, phone, alarm clock, hair
dryer and coffee maker. However, there is no air conditioning or room service
A variety of exciting Denali tours and outdoor adventures
await you with over 25 options including fishing tours, a glacier walk, and a
backcountry wilderness adventure, river rafting, a jet boat safari, and even a
thrilling flight that takes you to the base of Denali. WiFi is free in the main
lodge. A shuttle service makes daily hourly trips to and from Talkeetna ($10 r/t
charge). There is a regular free shuttle that will take you anywhere you want to
go on the property. Local Denali State Park volunteers are on hand and
provide nature briefings.
Restaurants include the more upscale ( and pricey )
Mountain View Dining Room and the less expensive 20,320 Alaskan Grill. The
20,320 Alaskan Grill - named for the height of Denali and is decorated in
mountain-climbing decor with artifacts from actual Denali ascents. We
found this casual restaurant our favorite. The food was really good, choices
plentiful and the wait staff quite friendly.
Try the Reindeer Meatloaf, Blueberry Salmon or Alaska Crab Dinner.
At the Grizzly Bar you'll find an extensive wine list and
a selection of fine Alaskan-brewed beers.
There are a number walking trails on the lodge grounds.
Our favorite is the South Loop Trail. It's easy to traverse, and only 1/2 mile
Along the way you will learn about the diverse plant life of Interior Alaska,
and the traditional uses of the flora of the Interior. Soak up the beauty of the
plants of the Alaskan wilderness and learn about plants from interpretive
placards. 25 different plants, from berries to mushrooms to trees, are marked.
The trail is only 1/2 mile (three quarters of a kilometer) and follows fairly
even terrain (only one very short steep incline). Interpretive signs tell the
stories of these plants, their food and medicinal uses. The Dena’ina (Tanaina)
Athabascans inhabited this area, and it is their utilization of the local flora
that is presented. Some of the plants you may see on this trail include: shelf
mushrooms, high-bush cranberries, club moss, dwarf dogwood, old man's beard
lichen, and several varieties of fern. Bring your camera, and use the “macro”
setting for great shots of these diverse and beautiful plants.
After dinner we especially loved sitting by the fire pits
and talking with other guests, making "s'mores" and all. No twitter, no
facebook, no email. Just old-fashioned conversation with other guests. So
relaxing, with a great view of Denali in the background.
The next day, we took the shuttle to Talkeetna, about an
The historic village of Talkeetna has an outstanding
panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from
several places as you wander through the town, and is the launching point for:
flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, float trips, hiking, mountain climbing,
ATV tours, and zipline tours. The center of town features art galleries,
gift shops, and places to dine. Even unusual "no parking" signs.
Across the street from the shuttle bus drop off, you'll
find Shirley's Burger Barn. Plan to visit Talkeetna around the lunch hour
and you will not be disappointed. Our friend Shirley runs this small lunch stand
which features seriously good hamburgers and hotdogs. Shirley is famous.
She has been featured with a cover story in Rachael Ray's cooking magazine.
Shirley's friendly, chatty and a great story teller. But what she does best is
make great burgers that are thick, juicy, and in our opinion some of the best in
makes her own fries and serves up large portions. She'll cook your burger
perfectly from medium rare to well-done... anyway you want it. For desert try
the Fireweed Ice Cream. Naturally, we make it a must stop place to eat
whenever we are in Talkeetna.
The next morning, we boarded our
glass-domed rail car at the Talkeetna Train Depot bound for
Denali National Park.
While Alaska land tours offer a more
in-depth view of Alaska's interior, the experience is far
different. You're on the road every couple of days, and
actively sightseeing at every stop. You're living out of
your suitcase, repacking and having luggage pick-ups outside
your room as early as 6 a.m. In contrast,
onboard your cruise ship, you experience an easygoing pace
of activity. So, we recommend doing the land portion first.
Start in Fairbanks and make your way to Denali National Park
and south to Anchorage, then to Whittier to board your
cruise ship. Ports of call include Skagway, Ketchikan, and
What differentiates Princess from
their competition is not only their own private
accommodations, exclusive rail cars, and driver guides
but a well-managed operation that succeeds in large part
from years of experience. At each property, as well as
on the train, for example, guests receive a welcome packet
with room key, a map of the property, the Princess Patter,
and information about the next day's luggage pick-up and
departure time. For all hosted tours, meals are on your own.
Each lodge has more than one restaurant, with a broad range
of dining choices and varied prices. Throughout your land
tour, It's casual dress. There is no need for suits or
dinner dresses etc. On an Alaska Land & Sea Vacation, you
have to pack separately for the cruise and the land tour.
Luggage with a "Join Me Onboard Ship" tag goes
directly to the ship while those marked "Travel With Me,"
along with a tag designating the next destination, are
transported to the lodge where you will be staying that
You should give some thought as to
what you should pack in your separate suitcase destined for
the cruise ship. That suitcase will not travel with you on
land, but will be sent directly to the departure port and
will appear in your cabin when you board the ship. We
recommend for the land tour you pack as light as possible.
The train ride up to Denali National
Park offered great views and vista's, revealing some of the
most spectacular scenery yet. The train powered by the
Alaska Railroad has six cars, not all of them belonging to
Princess. You will also see cars owned by Holland America
and Royal Caribbean/Celebrity cruise lines. Each
Princess rail car has a wraparound glass dome, with
unobstructed views. Seating, at four-top banquettes, is
reserved by table with seats facing forward and backward.
Get in line early to board, so you get seats facing forward.
Each rail car has an outdoor viewing platform, where you get
some great pictures.
The food and beverage service is divided. Upstairs, where
passengers are seated, there's bar service and snacks.
Downstairs, there's fine dining with white tablecloths,
fresh flowers on the table and a lunch or dinner menu,
depending on the time of travel. Onboard, a Princess "Alaska
Host" points out sites of interest and answers all your
questions about the trip.
Early afternoon, we arrived at the
Denali Rail Depot and were transferred to the Denali
Princess Wilderness Lodge, located about a mile from the
entrance to Denali National Park on Highway 3, a major
You haven't fully experienced Alaska
unless you've been to Denali National Park. Its boundaries
encompass an impressive six million acres — the size of the
state of Massachusetts. Home to Denali, North America's
highest peak towers an unbelievable 20,320 feet in the sky.
The Park hosts an array of wildlife from moose, caribou,
dall sheep and grizzly bears to gray wolves and red foxes.
The Denali Princess
Wilderness Lodge is the closest and most comfortable
place to stay when visiting the park. With an expansive deck
with views into the park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
is the ideal spot to relax, and savor the exquisite
landscape. Each guest room is comfortably appointed with two
double beds, two queen beds, or one king bed, television,
and telephone -- just in case you want to catch up with the
outside world. Outdoor hot tubs afford commanding views of
the Park and Nenana River while you relax and indulge in a
The sprawling campus has over 600
rooms, and feels like a small village with landscaped
walkways lined with flowers linking guest accommodations
with a unique gathering of gift shops, and restaurants.
Be sure to experience the Music of
Denali — a dinner theater featuring a hearty Alaska meal and
a rollicking musical comedy that recounts the first ascent
Across the highway from the lodge you
will find all manner of gift shops, sightseeing tour
offices, even a Subway restaurant. If you are booked on the
longer Tundra Wilderness Tour of Denali National Park,
we suggest you pick up a sandwich at Subway to take with you
as the tour is about 8 hours long.
All you get from the tour company is a
snack box and water, not enough to satisfy your hunger over
the tours duration. We also recommend you pack a small
fold-up cooler bag to store the sandwich and perhaps some
The highlight of our visit was the
longer Tundra Wilderness Tour of Denali National Park. This
comprehensive full-day tour travels deep into Denali
National Park for the best possible wildlife viewing, Denali
viewpoints and a host of magnificent vistas. Travel 53 miles
into the park to the Toklat River rest area as it offers a
wonderful diversity for visitors. Incredible scenery, a
narrated history of the park road, by tour buses featuring a
trained naturalist who both drives the bus and narrates
during the trip.
Visiting Denali National Park is all
about spotting wildlife. Denali is six million acres of wild
land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see
the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high
alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North
America's tallest peak, 20,320' Denali. Wild animals large
and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for
ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Some of the best opportunities to view
the park’s wildlife inhabitants await you on this tour. When
your tour driver is able, they will take video footage of
animals along the road and project the image onto the screen
so you can get a close-up look at the action. Dress in warm
layers. You will need a good digital camera with a
significantly large zoom lense and powerful binoculars.
On our trip within Denali National
Park, we had a Moose cross the road just in front of our
bus. Spotted Dall sheep high up on sheer cliffs, and got up
close to a brown bear! We got a glimpse of a caribou,
gray-wolf, red-tailed fox and a lynx. Park tour
is approximately 8 hours. Due to Park Service regulations,
school buses are used.
Learn more about the Wildlife of
Denali from the National Park Service:
The buses do not have restrooms;
however, rest stops are made approximately every 90 minutes.
Be sure to check your welcome packet upon arrival to confirm
the exact tour departure time. Wheelchair accessible buses
On this tour you will get a good
perspective on this wonderful park, and the opportunity to
view grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves and dall sheep.
The moose, caribou and sheep number in the thousands,
however, mother nature and the weather dictate if you get to
see them up close or at all. Wildlife sightings are likely
but are not guaranteed.
Did You Know?
visitors to Denali, want to see four animals in particular:
moose, caribou, wolf and everybody's favorite: the brown, or
grizzly, bear. The park is also home to 37 species of
mammals, ranging from lynx, marmots and Dall sheep, to foxes
If you want to maximize your chances to
see wildlife, take the Tundra Wilderness Tour. Or
consider the shorter Natural History Tour ( about 4.5 hours
). While wildlife viewing may occur, the chances are much
slimmer than with other trips. You can learn more about
Denali National Park. Visit
Fairbanks was founded by miners
consumed with the gold fever that swept Alaska at the turn
of the century. As gateway to Alaska’s rugged interior,
Fairbanks is where the real Alaska begins — the Alaska of
the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.
Here, at the edge of Alaska’s vast
wilderness frontier, we stayed at the
Riverside Lodge. The lodge's location is best situated,
ideally located just minutes from the Fairbanks
International Airport and Alaska Railroad depot.. The
property is also convenient to the downtown area and the
University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as popular
attractions such as the Gold Dredge 8, the Riverboat
Discovery, and Pioneer Park.
We enjoyed the serene views of the
Chena River while dining in the Edgewater Restaurant. The
hotel also features the Trackers Bar & Grill for spirits,
appetizers and light fare or stroll out to the Riverview
deck to sip your favorite beverage and select from a menu of
tantalizing treats while relaxing at river's edge. We found
the accommodations comfortable, and spacious.
The following morning we booked a
combination tour : Gold
Dredge 8 and the
The tour bus departed directly from the Fairbanks Princess
When we arrived, we took a seat aboard a replica of the
narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and heard the conductor
and prospector, tell tales of those who arrived by the
thousands during the gold rush. The train ride took us
to Gold Dredge 8 where we saw first-hand how the dredge
worked the gold fields, then we received a brief but
informative course on gold panning.
Once the train arrives at the camp, we
got to try panning for gold ourselves We found gold!
Then again everyone finds gold, as the attraction guarantees
it! ( all $28 worth )
Finally, we could go aboard and explore the dredge up close.
There is complimentary coffee and
freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is
weighed, then we hopped aboard the train and returned to the
station. We then enjoyed a close up view of the Trans Alaska
Pipeline and a presentation about it’s construction and
We boarded our motorcoach for our trip
over to the Riverboat Discovery, the only remaining
authentic Alaskan sternwheeler for a cruise along the Chena
and Tanana rivers in the Chena River State Recreation Area.
With the feel of an old-time steamboat
that frequented the river during the gold rush days, this
modern-day riverboat features an open sun deck, heated glass
enclosed decks and is equipped with video equipment so you
won’t miss any of the beautiful scenery. During this
narrated cruise, you will witness the ‘’wedding of the
rivers.’’ The marriage of these two mighty rivers creates
quite a unique line when the clear waters of the Chena meet
the Tanana, the world’s greatest glacier river carrying tons
of glacial silt from the Alaska Range.
When we arrived, we joined our fellow passengers for a
"family style " lunch in the Discovery Dining Hall, where we
were served a hearty miner’s stew lunch including salad and
desert (vegetarian and gluten-free options were available
Our three-hour cruise introduced us to
the Binkley family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way
of life for five generations. We
saw a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, and visited
the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner
And we were immersed into the ancient
Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides
took us on a personalized tour of the Old Chena Indian
At the home of Dave Monson and Susan Butcher, the late
four-time Iditarod champion, we met their winning sled dogs
and witnessed a dog sleg demonstration. From there, we
continued on to the Old Chena Indian Village and disembarked
for a glimpse into Alaskan Native life and history. We
toured an Athabascan Indian village with cabins made of
spruce logs, a cache used for storing supplies, a primitive
spruce bark hut and fur pelts. Our guides explained how the
wolf, fox, martin and beaver were used to provide food and
protection in the harsh Arctic climate. They also shared how
the Athabascans skillfully survived for over 10,000 years
and how they adapted to village life and Western culture in
the past century.
If you have the time ( and the budget ) some of our favorite
things to do in and around Fairbanks are;
Arctic Circle Air Adventure
Don't miss this opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle!
Experience the rugged and magnificent Brooks Mountain Range.
You'll receive an official Arctic Circle Adventure
Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum
Experience the "hottest" and "coolest" attractions in Alaska
- a natural hot springs, ice museum and great dinner!
Our Recommendation, Final Comments
You can take this Alaska land tour,
northbound ( after your 7 day cruise ) or Southbound (
Before your 7 day cruise). Given the pace and activity
level, we highly recommend you do the land tour first, then
At the Princess Denali Wilderness Lodge
and the Fairbanks Princess Lodge, you can ask the front desk
to arrange a Northern Lights wakeup call. They will
alert you, anytime during the night should the aurora
borealis be in view. On our final night of the trip, our
hotel phone rang at 12:30am, to view the aurora borealis
shimmering across the sky. Unfortunately, the viewing was
brief as cloud cover moved in.
And, if you really want to immerse
yourself in the splendor and beauty of Alaska book a
flightseeing trip by helicopter or plane, to land on
glaciers and see up close Alaska's majestic mountains.
In a week, we covered an amazing amount
of territory, some 450 miles, with visits to
Anchorage, Fairbanks and the wilderness destinations
of Talkeetna, and Denali. We got to see Denali in full view,
thus, joining the 30% club! We rode the rails and learned
about native cultures. We got up close with wildlife,
experienced stunning imagery, including snow-capped mountain
peaks, lakes and rivers. We savored traditional local foods
( Like reindeer sausage and Alaskan salmon ). And we
enjoyed sharing our experiences with our new found friends
along the way.
The biggest impression we came away from this trip is that
unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of
Denali, and Alaska's native people turn an ordinary vacation
into the extraordinary. If you are just as impressed
as we are, about all the things you can see and do in
Alaska, then Alaska is your calling
and well worth exploring.
Raye & Marty Trencher
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The friendly face of the
Many of Alaska’s Gold Rush-era towns retain their frontier flavor, with colorful storefronts, wooden sidewalks, vintage
saloons, and the vibrant influence
of Native cultures. These are places that exemplify the friendly and unique character that has always defined the Alaskan people.
• In Juneau, the
charming state capital,
you’ll find shops, cafés
and the storied Red Dog
Saloon. Just outside
town is the famous urban
• Ketchikan, the
Capital of the World,”
is situated around a
vibrant harbor and
famous Creek Street,
where shops and cafés
• Rustic Skagway retains
its authenticity as the
“Gateway to the Yukon,”
such as a ride on a Gold
Rush-era railroad and
sidewalks and local
• The “Golden Heart
City” of Fairbanks,
established with the
discovery of gold on the
Chena and Tenana Rivers,
is a feature of the land
portion of certain
cruise tours and pairs
frontier charm with
unique experiences like
a sternwheeler riverboat
• Anchorage, Alaska’s
largest city, is
beautifully situated on
the Cook Inlet, and
offers a scenic setting
restaurants and cultural
institutions such as the
Anchorage Museum at