For Engel the excursion proved just as memorable, though sled dog travel wasn’t initially
on her visit to-do list. But it was on a friend’s,
so after the two found Sirius Sled Dogs online
they quickly realized the trip would be a perfect choice given their separate interests.
“A close friend of mine always said when I
went to see the [Northern] Lights, she wanted
to come too. And she always wanted to go dog
sledding,” explains Engel, describing Sirius
Sled Dogs’ sled dogs as the “most amazing”
dogs she’s ever encountered. The excursion was
“exhilarating,” says Engel, as the two learned a
great deal about sled dogs and, of course, enjoyed viewing the Aurora Borealis with no city
lights impacting the spectacular view.
But traversing Alaska via a sled dog and
experiencing the Aurora Borealis are just
two of an increasing number of unique winter recreation options beckoning visitors to
the 49th State.
Tourism Spikes into
a Record-Setting Realm
The increasing number of vacation options
may be one reason Alaska is enjoying a tourism boom like none other in its history.
In 2016 there were nearly 1.9 million out-of-state vacationers visiting Alaska between May
and September—the highest visitor volume on
record, according to the Summer 2016 Alaska
Visitor Statistics Program. The Alaska Visitor
Statistics Program is a statewide study conducted by the Alaska Department of Commerce,
Community, and Economic Development the
A man stands on 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage with a caribou during Fur Rendezvous.
Image courtesy of Alaska.org/by Brian Adams