Contrary to popular belief, there are several dog-sledding destination besides Alaska … though you’ll find plenty there, too. Explore some of the other spots that offer this fun, one-of-a-kind activity that makes for the ideal wintertime adventure.
Lake Tahoe, California
Northern California’s mountainous climate is ideal for all sorts of outdoor pursuits, including skiing, snowboarding, and — of course — dog sledding. Running Creek Dog Sled Rides, offered at the Kirkwood Resort, boasts a Siberian Husky-led voyage around the gorgeous Californian grounds.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The rural retreat of Jackson Hole is a sleepy valley nestled in between two mountain ranges, and its proximity to great skiing and snowboarding trails makes it an in-demand location for winter getaways. When you sign up for a tour at Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Tours, you’re in legendary hands. The company is owned and operated by Frank Teasley, an eight-time Iditarod champion. He commands a fleet of 170 authentic Alaskan racing sled dogs, who will lead you in a warm and modern sled while a guide points out scenery and wildlife like moose, eagles, elk, and more! You’ll be left with not only a great story, but bragging rights, too.
The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Between the cozy ski lodges, cabin rentals, and opportunities for outdoor activities, a trip to the Poconos promises an old-fashioned escape that the whole family will love. In terms of dog sledding tours, there are a few options to choose from. Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours offer one-hour excursions, which all include a lesson, professional photographs, and a scenic ride.
Look no further than the Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge for the ultimate dog sled tour vacation. You can choose from a number of packages which include meals, guides, gear, and tours! You can customize your itinerary based on your interests and requirements, but all are family-friendly and provide opportunities to ski, snowboard, and relax by the lodge’s cozy fireplace.
Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska
These are just a few of the most popular cities in Alaska where you can embark on a dog-sledding tour, but no matter where you find yourself in the snowy state, you probably won’t be far from an opportunity to pretend you’re an Iditarod racer for the day. Some of Anchorage’s most popular tour companies are Dallas Seavey’s Alaska Sled Dog Tours and Salmon Berry Tours. In Fairbanks, try Sled Dog Adventures, Black Spruce, or Sirius Sled Dogs.