The sport of dog sledding is a state pastime for folks in Alaska, and now, visitors can get a behind the scenes look of this local legacy on a visit to the Bouchard’s International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Wander the galleries of this well-curated museum, which showcases handmade wooden sleds, photographs and plenty of regional history. Gain an appreciation for the unique challenges participants in this unique sport endure on an informative tours led by the museum’s guide, who explains how dogs are trained, sleds are built and how hearty racers (and their dogs) survive the epic Iditarod journey through the backcountry of this vast frozen state.
The museum is located at 519 1st Avenue in Fairbanks. Admission is $10 per person.