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WHERE TO STAY The Cop­per Whale Inn 440 L St., An­chor­age 866-258-7999 cop­per­whale.com A cozy bed-and-break­fast that’s conveniently lo­cated close to the An­chor­age Mu­seum and restau­rants. Room from $199. Open May 1 to April 30. Spe­cial rate dur­ing the an­nual sled-dog race, the Idi­tarod. Chitina Ho­tel Down­town Chitina at mile 33 of the Edger­ton Hwy. 907-823-2244 or 907-835-5542 hotel­chitina.com Charm­ing, family-run ho­tel in ren­o­vated build­ing from the cop­per boom days. Rates from $165. AARP, AAA, mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment dis­counts avail­able. Open May 1 to Oct. 15. Sheep Moun­tain Lodge 17701 W. Glenn Hwy., Glacier View 877-645-5121 sheep­moun­tain.com Cab­ins on the hill­side over­look­ing Matanuska Val­ley and the Chugach Moun­tains. Rates from $99 with the use of a shared bath­house. WHERE TO EAT Muse at the An­chor­age Mu­seum 625 C St. An­chor­age 907-929-9210 muse.an­chor­age­mu­seum.org Ex­pect su­perb din­ing here. For lunch, try the Cre­ole seafood lin­guine (a Ca­jun spiced shrimp with a creamy Cre­ole sauce) and salad for $16.95. Sheep Moun­tain Lodge Restau­rant 17701 W Glenn Hwy., Glacier View 877-645-5121 sheep­moun­tain.com The restau­rant of­fers home­made bread, soups and desserts, along with Alaskan seafood and steaks, and beer from Juneau. The restau­rant is open daily May 15 to Sept. 15; open only on week­ends dur­ing winter. Pump House Restau­rant and Sa­loon 796 Chena Pump Rd., Fair­banks 907-479-8452 pump­house.com The sa­loon has a 1890s Gold Rush­esque atmosphere. Of­fer­ings in­clude herb-crusted Alaskan hal­ibut on creamy po­lenta and grilled as­para­gus for $32.95, and elk meat­loaf wrapped in ba­con, with mashed pota­toes and veg­eta­bles for $23.95. Open daily in the sum­mer, start­ing Memo­rial Day week­end, with brunch on Sun­days. In winter months, from La­bor Day on, the restau­rant is closed on Mon­days. WHAT TO DO An­chor­age Mu­seum 625 C St., An­chor­age 907-929-9200 an­chor­age­mu­seum.org This must-see mu­seum ex­plores the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, artis­tic and his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives of the state from its Alaska Na­tive roots to the im­pact of cli­mate change. Mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibits and tableaux of Alaska Na­tive life. Open daily May 1 to Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ad­mis­sion costs $16; $12 for Alaska res­i­dents; $10 for se­niors, stu­dents and mil­i­tary; $7 for chil­dren. The mu­seum restau­rant is su­perb. Uni­ver­sity of Alaska Mu­seum of the North 907 Yukon Dr., Fair­banks 907-474-7505 uaf.edu/mu­seum An­other must-see mu­seum lo­cated on the uni­ver­sity’s cam­pus. A trea­sure of ar­ti­facts and spec­i­mens, the ex­hibits range from ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds to the sci­en­tific ex­am­i­na­tions of birds, plants and in­sects. The art gallery fea­tures 2,000 years of creative works from an­cient ivory carv­ings to con­tem­po­rary paint­ings and sculp­ture, along with a 36,000year-old mum­mi­fied steppe bison. Open daily Sept. 1 to May 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ad­mis­sion costs $12; $7 for kids ages 5 to 14; free for younger kids. IN­FOR­MA­TION trav­e­lalaska.com alaska.gov

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