Alaska is hard to beat for natural beauty and memorable meetings that attendees will remember the rest of their lives. It boasts a wealth of world-class convention spaces and hotels, as well as outdoor and cultural experiences unlike anything else in the country.
DAY 1: LAY OF THE LAND
Learn about what makes this city and region so remarkable at two of its cultural gems: The Alaska Native Heritage Center,
where visitors can see and take part in singing, games, storytelling, and more from Alaska's 11 major Native groups; and the Anchorage Museum,
showcasing art and exhibitions that examine the region's history and identity. Both institutions boast engaging meeting spaces and special offers for groups. 5:00 PM
Stop by the city's newest brewpub, 49th Street Brewing Co.,
for local Alaskan beer, and Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill,
serving up some excellent local seafood and steak. DAY 2: GREAT OUTDOORS
Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad Denali Star Train,
heading north to Talkeetna, which offers reserved upper-level dome car seating with outstanding views of the surroundings.11:00 AM
Get a bird's-eye view of the landscape by taking part in a flightseeing tour over Denali's many mountains, rivers, and glaciers. K2 Aviation,
in Talkeetna, can even arrange for glacier landings where visitors can take photos, or have a meal.5:00 PM
Have dinner, whether for individuals or the whole group, at the Raven's Perch Restaurant, specializing in local, organic dishes like grilled salmon and slow-braised lamb shank. It's part of Knick River Lodge,
which offers 22 high-end cabins for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the local scenery. DAY 3: ALYESKA ESCAPE
Travel about 40 miles south of Anchorage to the stunning Alyeska Resort,
offering world-class skiing and snowshoeing (as well as kayaking and fishing in the summer), and several terrific restaurants, including the Asian fusion Sakura Restaurant and mountaintop, AAA Four Diamond Seven Glaciers. The resort makes for an ideal post-conference destination or day trip (with plenty of meeting space of its own).2:00 PM
Head to Alpine Air,
which can transport you via helicopter to the top of Punch Bowl Glacier (3,200 feet above sea level) to try your hand at driving a team of huskies. Those looking for something animal-oriented but more low key can tour the nearby Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center,
where black bears, moose, musk ox, and other animals that had been displaced are able to roam around 65 acres of natural terrain.
This article appears in the February 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.