Preserving Alaska's History

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is one of Alaska’s most iconic winter events, featured on the first Saturday of March every year. The race begins in downtown Anchorage and travels 11 miles within Alaska’s largest city.  Spectators can flock to the start line or stake out a spot along the route to view the teams, and you can practically feel the excitement in the air. A restart in the small town of Willow, located north of Anchorage, occurs the following day for the Iditarod mushers and their dogs to begin the journey of battling the elements for the next 1,000 miles to Nome.

If you dream of witnessing this historic event in person, then visit Alaska in the wintertime, as there are a variety of ways for you to chase the race. Consider flightseeing to follow the Iditarod by air, or travel on a snowmachining tour to cheer the teams on in person. You can even book a stay at Winterlake Lodge ahead of time, which serves as a checkpoint for the Iditarod and also fills up quickly each year.

Highlighted below are a few sample programs that each provide the full Iditarod Sled Dog Race experience. Please feel free to explore them for inspiration before filling out our Custom Proposal Form for the winter vacation of a lifetime.

Round House

8 Days

Alaskan Winter Wonderland

Dog mushing at night during the northern lights.

5 Days

Aurora Borealis Experience

Bright green aurora in night sky over Borealis Basecamp dome

5 Days

Borealis Basecamp

Front view of Lodge at Black Rapids from a distance with mountains in background

7 Days

Lodge at Black Rapids

View of walking platform leading to Sheldon Chalet lit by twilight

Interior

Sheldon Chalet

Sled Dogs racing in the Iditarod Race.

7 Days

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Mushers Outside of Winterlake Lodge in the Winter

6 Days

Winterlake Lodge