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 By Victor Block    Travel    March 1, 2019 

"As seen on the silver screen" tours

Bob Burrus is channeling John Travolta. He enters Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn and orders a slice. After devouring the snack, he emerges onto 86th Street and struts down several blocks as the song...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2019 

State Museum in Juneau is well worth a visit

Think you know Alaska's entire story, told from the perspective of our capital city's residents? It might be time for a refresher at the Juneau State Museum, and March is the perfect month in which...

 

Vancouver is just a short hop away

Alaskans will find much familiar in Vancouver. On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with a backdrop of the North Shore Mountains, the tail end of the Coast Mountains, it could almost be Anchorage or...

 

Spiritual touchpoints as a cornerstone of travel

"A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul."    ~ Kahlil Gibran  There's a new trend afoot, encouraging the exploration of religious, philosophical, and...

 

Rivers offer a different kind of cruise

If you live in an Alaska town that has a solid cruise ship economy, then you probably long for the quiet tourist shoulder season. Pity the people who see no down time. Rejoice that you have a break....

 

Traveling safe (and smart) in 2019

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattled both homes and nerves in November, many Alaskans are finding themselves thinking twice about safety and emergency preparedness like never before; and this includes travel. Whether embarking for an internationa...

 

Pay a visit to the big man and his reindeer

You're never too old to sit in Santa's lap. It's true. One year I was in Nordstrom admiring their stunning Santa Claus when a woman next to me confessed she still visits Santa every year. There is...

 

All aboard the Aurora Winter Train

If you've ever listened to the lyrics to the tune 'Wabash Cannonball,' you'll get a sense of train travel's intrinsic hold upon us: "Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar As she glides along...

 

Have a "Bermudaful" experience this winter

With refined charm hinting of a British past combined with carefree, beach-life style of the Caribbean, Bermuda's got it all. This 22-mile island chain of volcanic rock and limestone has attracted eas...

 

In the beginning: A visit to Plymouth

Thanksgiving is more than a family feast, it is the story of how we came to be here in this country and how we were helped by the indigenous population. Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth,...

 

Is Hawaii on fire or under water?

Alaskans love to go to Hawaii. As our kissing cousin on just about any map we've seen since childhood, we are close – a mere six hours on a direct fight from Anchorage. In winter the Hawaiian island...

 

Denali Highway: Fall for it

Labor Day weekend was a glorious jumble of color, sunshine, and a yearn for open roads, so drive them we did, up and over one of Alaska's most underutilized roadways. The Denali Highway, once upon a...

 

Back to your roots: Travel to reconnect

Note: With national attention on immigration now, this column is focusing on Alaskans visiting the homes of their ancestors. If you have an account of your trip, please contact dim...

 

Fall in Fairbanks: Good fun and few crowds

Alaskans annually play a waiting game with winter. The frenzied pace of summer begins to slow around mid-August as kids and grandkids return to school, daylight wanes, and weather patterns become a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    August 1, 2018

An All-American road, on water

There's no question that Alaska is a place of uniqueness. From people to landscape and everything in between, there's no state like the 49th State, and that includes the mechanics of infrastructure....

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    July 1, 2018

RV park or public campground

Summer has finally arrived in the Last Frontier. After a wet, windy spring, Alaskans are fueling up and hitting the highways and byways in search of a night or two (or many) among Alaska's wild...

 

Gulls and guillemots and what not

Last month, Senior Voice travel correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas wrote about various ways to appreciate historic lighthouses in Alaska and beyond. This month, she shares about her recent experience as...

 

Lovers of lighthouses, light up

If you watch public television's Rick Steve and his travel show, he always points out how travel helps him to understand people all over the world and that it broadens his mind. Good thoughts for...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    June 1, 2018

Tours offer glimpse into Alaska's role in Cold War

Between 1946 and 1989, the United States and Russia were locked in a confrontation of ideology. Posturing took the form of an unprecedented nuclear arms race during which then-Soviet Premier Nikita...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2018

Spring brings fish and fowl to Alaska

A safe haven for birds to breed There were times when I flew the milk run from Seattle to Juneau and stopped in at Yakutat - a place that always fascinated me. With its thick, deep green forests and...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    May 1, 2018

Travel insurance: Preserve your vacation investment

In January I was scheduled to travel away from my home in cold, dark Anchorage to the warm, bright beaches of the Turks and Caicos. It was a sanctuary vacation I had been looking forward to for...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    April 1, 2018

Gray whale watch: Spring deals on sale now

Alaska's gentle giants are coming home, and you won't want to miss their annual appearance. The gray whale migration is ready to begin as the 50-foot, 40-ton marine mammals prepare to depart Mexico's...

 

My heart is in the Highlands

Scotland is a natural for Alaskans-mountainous, cold, windy, vast stretches of color in the fall, and Robbie Burns celebrations on his birthday in January complete with haggis (see description...

 

Maine's many islands and harbors beckon

I thought the older couple coming into The Harbor Cafe in Stonington, Maine, on Deer Island, for the Monday night two-for-one $19.99 special was going to bolt and run at the sight of strangers. It's...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Travel    March 1, 2018

Travel well: Staying healthy on your trip

The advent of planes, trains and automobiles for the purpose of efficiently transporting humans around the globe has meant more than just fast travel. Clinging to our bodies, gear and found within the air we breathe are millions of viruses and...

 

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