Alaska

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 4,350 miles, about a seven-hour flight<br>
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<b>Why it's cool:</b> As Alaska’s busiest season, winter offers a diverse amount of activities. The largest event is Alaska is dog mushing - Alaska’s official state sport. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR0000084" title="Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race" href="/topic/sports/dog-racing/iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-EVSPR0000084.topic">Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race</a> is a big deal here, and for good reason. Going from Anchorage to Nome, the dog sled race is over 1,000 miles long.  Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing and much more.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> Tourists from all over the globe come to see the Northern Lights. Winter is the ideal time to catch the colorful patterns and stunning display of the aurora borealis.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Alaska Travel Industry Association, 2600 Cordova Street, Ste. 201, Anchorage, AK 99503 or go to <a href="http://www.travelalaska.com">travelalaska.com</a>.

( Bob Hallinen, MCT / October 13, 2012 )

Distance from Baltimore: 4,350 miles, about a seven-hour flight

Why it's cool: As Alaska’s busiest season, winter offers a diverse amount of activities. The largest event is Alaska is dog mushing - Alaska’s official state sport. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a big deal here, and for good reason. Going from Anchorage to Nome, the dog sled race is over 1,000 miles long. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing and much more.

Don't miss: Tourists from all over the globe come to see the Northern Lights. Winter is the ideal time to catch the colorful patterns and stunning display of the aurora borealis.

Information: Alaska Travel Industry Association, 2600 Cordova Street, Ste. 201, Anchorage, AK 99503 or go to travelalaska.com.

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