September in Alaska

by Mike on January 1, 2015

fishing-in-alaskaSeptember in Alaska is one of our best kept secrets. Technically, by the standards of the tourism industry, the season ends after Labor Day and we begin getting mentally prepared for the upcoming winter. The RVs start to disappear, making their way to the lower 48 while the tourist-focused businesses slowly begin to close their doors for the season. The reality is that the Alaska Fall is changing the color of the leaves making driving, hiking, and photographing around the state breathtaking. In addition to the unsurpassed beauty, the towns scattered throughout are active with festivals, fishing derbies and outdoor events. We are offering 10% off on September reservations, so contact Northwest Van Campers now to secure your van and experience one of Alaska’s best time of year!
Denali National Park has an annual Road Lottery that allows people to drive their own vehicle for the full 85 miles to Wonder Lake deep inside the park. Under normal circumstances (without prior planning) you can only drive to mile 15 and then are forced to ride the park bus for the remainder of the distance. Lottery applications must be submitted between May 1-31 and winners will be allowed to “claim their prize” between September 18 – 21, 2015. Be sure to submit your application for a chance to win and then reserve your van to travel the park in a way that millions of people never get to… on your terms.

http://www.recreation.gov/wildernessAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72314

Fishing Derbies

Homer Annual Halibut Jackpot Derby
http://www.homeralaska.org/visit-homer/events-homer/homer-jackpot-halibut-derby
Whittier Halibut and Silver Salmon Derby
http://www.whittieralaskachamber.org/calendar.htm
Valdez Halibut Derby
http://www.valdezfishderbies.com/pages/Halibut/
Valdez Silver Salmon Derby
http://www.valdezfishderbies.com/pages/Silver/

Festivals

Alyeska Mountain Bike Festival
http://www.alyeskaresort.com/press-releases.aspx?mode=detail&id=mountain-bike-festival
Seward Music and Arts Festival
http://www.sewardfestival.com/
Hope: 2 Day Music Fest
http://www.seaviewcafealaska.com/home

Sporting Events

Alyeska Climbathon (Girdwood) – Climb Denali (equivalent) in a day!
http://akclimbathon.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/a720464/regPages/pages/?p=b214d262
Kesugi Ridge Traverse (Denali State Park) – 27.5 Mile Trail Race!
http://www.willowrunningcompany.com/kesugi-ridge-traverse
Kenai River Marathon (Kenai)
http://kenairivermarathon.org/race-information/
Klondike Trail of 98’ International Road Relay – 110 mile, relay race; Skagway, AK to Whitehorse, YT!
http://klondikeroadrelay.com/about-the-race/

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