West Region

Selling Alaska

Visit Anchorage offers travel planners online training to sell its destination
By Karla Nagy

In an effort to maximize their city’s tourism potential, Visit Anchorage and anchorage.net are offering an online training program designed to AWE travel and tour planners – that is, turn them into Anchorage Wild Experts.

Located in the Southcentral region of the state, Anchorage touts itself as a destination with big city amenities coupled with wild outdoor adventure. With 14 museums and cultural centers, a list of restaurants offering international cuisine from Mediterranean and pizza to Mexican and sushi and everything in between, entertainment options that include an opera company, several theater troupes and even a Hard Rock Café, along with shopping that ranges from Native crafts and locally-produced items to art galleries and malls, Anchorage provides a distinctive metropolitan experience. To continue reading click here.


Kitt Peak National Observatory

Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona
By Bill Buckingham, Kitt Peak Observatory Visitor Center Manager

Situated upon a nearly 7,000 feet peak in Arizona’s Quinlan Mountains is the world’s largest collection of optical and radio telescopes in the world. Astronomers from across the U.S. and around the world utilize the telescopes to push the boundaries of knowledge of the cosmos. Located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, Kitt Peak National Observatory welcomes visitors, as well as astronomers. To continue reading click here.