20 Attractions Perfect for Ravn Alaska’s New DAYover Program

There’s nothing worse than having a short layover in a place you’d love to visit. Maybe you’d pop in on friends or family, or maybe you’d just enjoy seeing a new place with a street-level view rather than one from an airplane window. But with just enough time to find your new gate and climb onboard, it’s never an option. Until now. Ravn’s DAYover offering is designed to help you save money on your airfare, while allowing you that 24-hour window you’ve always wanted to check up on Aunt Mildred or tour the museum you keep hearing about. And, really, who wouldn’t like to turn one trip into two, and save money in the process?

Ravn’s DAYover program is designed to help Alaska’s residents experience more of our great state, and stay connected to hard-to-see loved ones. Flights are available through Ravn Alaska and Ravn Connect, and participating locations include Anchorage, Aniak, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, St. Mary’s and Unalakleet. No friends or relatives in those areas? You can still take advantage of some extra me-time by exploring these attractions in our stayover cities and villages:

Anchorage: Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall: This five-level shopping center features over 110 stores with the only Nordstrom, jcpenney, Apple Store, Banana Republic, bareMinerals, Coach, Michael Kors, Sephora, and Victoria’s Secret stores in the state of Alaska.

Anchorage: Alaska Native Heritage Center: This museum celebrates Alaskan Native life. Experience the dancing, hear the stories, meet carvers, see hand-made crafts, and more. Alaska contains so many different cultures and customs — why not become familiar with them all at this museum?

Anchorage: Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway: This is a seven-minute ride to Mt. Alyeska’s observation deck, where you’ll see panoramic views of the Turnagain Arm, the Chugach Mountain range, hanging glaciers, streams, spruce, and wildlife. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named it the best view of any US ski resort.

Aniak: Alaska Commercial Company: Our premier community store of choice, Alaska Commercial Company provides groceries and general store merchandise throughout rural Alaska. Whether you need an ATV or a portable DVD player, this store most likely carries it.

Aniak: Golden Gate Falls: These gorgeous waterfalls are located on the Kisaralik River. The narrow stretch of rapids can be found where the river flows across basalt at the northern end of Greenstone Ridge. Great for viewing, fishing, canoeing or whitewater rafting.  

Aniak: St. Sergius Chapel: A historic Russian Orthodox Church, this beautiful structure is believed to have been built in 1891 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Bethel: Pinky’s Park: The most talked-about feature of this park is the 2-mile-long stretch of boardwalk that extends over the tundra, but it also has a baseball field, basketball court and playground.

Bethel: Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge: This is the largest wildlife refuge in America, and one that will delight bird enthusiasts. It has one of the largest concentrations of waterfowl in the world, as well as large numbers of geese and shorebirds.

Bethel: Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center: This facility celebrates Yup’ik culture and features several exhibits, dance lessons, concerts, training classes and the seasonal Saturday Market.

Fairbanks: Bentley Mall: The only enclosed mall with national retailers in North Fairbanks, and the northernmost mall in the US or Alaska, shoppers that visit the Bentley Mall can access a diverse range of stores and goods without paying sales tax. Visit Safeway, Michael’s, or a range of clothing, shoe and jewelry stores.

Fairbanks: Fairbanks Summer Art Festival: This July festival has something for everyone, including music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary arts, culinary arts, and healing arts. There are performances, lessons and workshops ranging from pilate sessions to visual arts immersives in Chena Hot Springs.

Fairbanks: Midnight Sun Festival: This June celebration, which honors the summer solstice, is Alaska’s largest single-day event. The family-friendly street fair includes lives music, food, crafts and handmade souvenirs. Activities include face painting, gold-panning, a BBQ cookoff, and a skate park.

Fairbanks: UA Museum of the North: A museum dedicated to all things Alaskan, including people, places, art and wildlife. The newest wing is an architectural icon for the state and a must-see for visitors.

Kotzebue: Alaska Commercial Company: Kotzebue boasts another great location for Alaska’s premier grocery and general store. In addition to its extensive food options, this store offers home entertainment and electronic products, furniture, hardware, housewares, sporting goods and toys. It also carries ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, and outboard motors.

Kotzebue: Cape Krusenstern National Monument: This National Monument is located on Cape Krusenstern along with the Cape Krusenstern Archeological District. The archeological district comprises 114 ancient beach ridges and contains the cultural remains of people who inhabited the area more than 5,000 years ago. Surface deposits in the Igichuk Hills date back to the Pleistocene.

Kotzebue: Kobuk Valley National Park: This park contains the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the Arctic. The park sits between the boreal forest and the Arctic tundra that extends to the Chukchi Sea. The Kobuk River flows through the park, and contains bluffs, permafrost ice and Ice Age mammal fossils.

St. Mary’s: Alaska Commercial Company: St. Mary’s features one of Alaska’s favorite grocery and general stores. From couches to grills to canning supplies, Alaskans travel from all over to visit our AC General Stores for the best prices on the widest range of products.

St. Mary’s: Andreafski River Lodge: A bed and breakfast located amid the Yukon Delta Tundra, where there’s exceptional fishing, bird watching and water sports along the Andreafski River.

St. Mary’s: Fort Andreavski: A Russian trading post located on the right bank of the Yukon River, it became the most important trading post on the lower Yukon during the 1800’s. Abandoned prior to the American transfer of territory, the area still has a warehouse, stores and dwellings of the Northern Commercial Company.

Unalakleet: Kolmakov Redoubt Site: A historical archeological site on the Kuskokwim River, it’s the location of a major trading post built in 1841. It was one of the only ones established deep in the Alaskan interior by the Russian-American Company.

Unalakleet: Norge Storage Site: A historic, two-story wood frame building with a false front. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because the Italian-built aircraft Norge, which was the first plane to fly to the North Pole in 1926, continued past the pole and landed next to this building. Afterwards, it was dismantled and stored there until it could be shipped back to Italy.

Unalakleet: Alaska Commercial Company: Alaska’s favorite grocery and general store has a location in Unalakleet. Alaska Commercial Company is a sought-after destination throughout our state for its wide range of products and the active role it plays in the communities it serves.

To take advantage of the new program, visit www.RavnDAYover.com.