Several years ago, we published the story behind the Iditarod. It is worth reading again, and understanding what gave rise to this amazing dog sledding event. In 2016, Anchorage is bringing in snow by train to cover the streets where the ceremonial opening takes place, and people are joking about outfitting the sleds with hover boards to keep them in action. But all kidding aside, this event is a big deal.
Take the kids and friends downtown to cheer on the dogs this Saturday morning. Between now and then, there is still time to register for Running of the Reindeer, and to get a little culture. And, visit the Carnival by night to see Anchorage in a whole new way.
There is plenty to do indoors and out, and restaurants for every taste. See our AABBA Associate/Travel Partners for excellent suggestions. If you would like a printable guide, here is the 2016 Fur Rondy version!
And if you still need a place to stay, consider calling the B&B Hotline at 907-272-5909 or visiting the AABBA website where you will find roughly 30 local B&Bs along with a calendar indicating who has room. Then you can check pictures, description, and reviews to see if one matches your needs. What's different about these B&Bs? They are 'inspected & approved', meaning they meet requirements beyond getting a business license and permit. You will find high calibre hospitality, cleanliness, and professionalism with these innkeepers! Visitors often pick these places for the safety, the privacy and quietude, and the locations. You will find AABBA inns from Chugiak to Indian and can get some rest and relaxation away from the crowds.
And these B&Bs are truly Alaskan, run by Anchorage residents.
Pack your skates and end your Saturday with the Family Skate at Westcheser Lagoon. It is free! There is still more to see and do on Sunday, so you might want to stay to Monday and catch all the fun.