Often referred to as “The Last Great Race”, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is one of Alaska’s most iconic winter events. Thousands of spectators travel to the Last Frontier each year to watch as mushers and their four-legged teammates battle the elements. With the legendary event just a few weeks away, it’s time to start planning your trip! Here are some things you should know about the Iditarod 2018.
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How to Experience the Iditarod 2018
Learn the History
The Iditarod starts on the first Saturday in March and runs approximately 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome. It even covers part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, which was once used for all winter travel. In early years, dog sleds delivered mail, groceries, and other supplies to Anchorage and Fairbanks; today, several public shelter cabins are maintained along the trail.
Visit a Kennel
Have you ever dreamed of being pulled across a snowy landscape by a team of Alaskan huskies? Now is your chance! In the weeks leading up to the Iditarod, mushers open their kennels for tours and sled rides. You’ll learn the basics of mushing including required equipment, dog team commands, and much more.
- Musher’s Banquet: The Annual Musher’s Banquet is held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage and features a three-course plated dinner, live entertainment, and an auction. Participants have plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to meet and talk with the Iditarod mushers. Be sure to get some autographs!
- Race Start: The legendary Iditarod Race starts in Anchorage on Saturday, March 3rd. Get up early and observe the start preparations, take close-up pictures of the mushers and dogs, and enjoy the excitement as the teams leave the starting line.
- Race ReStart: The Iditarod 2018 restart ceremony is held on Sunday, March 4th in Fairbanks. Spectators can line “the chute” on Sunday afternoon to cheer on mushers as the race clock officially begins.
How to Keep Up with the Race
The next eight to 12 days usually involve monitoring the race online. You can watch as the mushers take on some of Alaska’s most rough and wild terrain using real-time GPS tracking and video coverage on the Iditarod website. For a more intensive race experience, follow the Iditarod by air on a flightseeing tour or take a special snowmobile excursion.
Plan a Getaway with Alaska Garden Gate B&B
The Iditarod 2018 is right around the corner! If it seems daunting to put together a quick vacation before the race, Alaska Garden Gate has you covered. All you need to do is rent a car and reserve your lodging with us.
Our comfortable cottages, apartments, and bed and breakfast rooms are less than an hour from Anchorage and have everything you need for a wonderful stay. We even offer vacation packages and specials to help you save on your trip. Check our availability and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!