Story and photos by Lisa Maloney The more remote the Alaska community, the more conscious people tend to be that our mutual survival depends on facing obstacles together. That might be one of the factors at play in the near-Arctic city of Nome, a surprisingly cosmopolitan community that straddles the line between regional hub (providing …

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Mount Ballyhoo, Alaska

Mount Ballyhoo is a place for adventurers with its spectacular views, beautiful lightly-trafficked hiking trails and rich history. It’s impressively one of the tallest peaks in the region of Unalaska Island at an elevation of 1,634 feet. Mount Ballyhoo offers a moderately difficult three-mile hiking experience with two separate trailheads that are easily accessible. Each year the Ballyhoo Mountain Run takes place, where participants race up and down the mountain. The winner is recognized as “king of the hill.”

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska’s third largest city, is a hotspot for artwork that travels back through ancestral history to over 2,000 years ago. From ivory carvings created by Alaska Natives from the Iñupiaq culture to Aleut and Alutiiq headdresses, the city is packed with Alaska Native art history.