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Learn the Sport of Dog Mushing Like an Alaskan
Dog sledding, known to Alaskans as mushing is a quintessential experience for the adventurous traveler in Alaska. There are plenty of places throughout the state that offer training and sled rides, but a good place to start is at the official Mushers’ Hall of Fame and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum in Wasilla, just north of Anchorage. Learn about the history of the Iditarod and why preserving dog sledding in this way has earned it the legendary name, ‘the last great race’.
The cities of Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Girdwood and Juneau all offer the insider track to dog mushing. Take a tour of kennels, get hands-on training about sleds and before you know it you’ll be racing through the powder as if it were something you were born to do.
To really experience the excitement, the annual Iditarod takes place every March and follows a 50-mile trail Northwest from Seward to Nome. Visit Anchorage the first Sunday of the March for a boisterous send-off including a mini-race and festival downtown.
Making its home in the city of Wasilla, the Iditarod Headquarters houses and commemorates the proud history of “the Last Great Race of Earth.” The headquarters is open year-round, showcasing an impressive collection of museum items and trophies.
What’s more, visitors can meet the race teams and even take a ride on an actual Iditarod dog sled. Free of charge, guests can also learn the history of the Iditarod by viewing a short video at the headquarters.
Musher's Hall of Fame
Located on the second floor of the Knik Museum in Wasilla, the Musher’s Hall of Fame is also known as the Sled Dog Musher’s Hall of Fame.
Both the Knik Museum and the Hall of Fame rest inside one of only two remaining buildings from the original Knik townsite.
Known as the “Dog Mushing Center of the World," the museum features exhibits honoring the sled dogs and the musher’s who influenced the sport.
The historic town of Knik still remains a stop on the Iditarod Trail, which is known as the Last Great Race on Earth.