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Anchorage is even easier to get to than ever this summer, with lots of new airlift, more flights on Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta and United and entirely new first time routes from Icelandair and Virgin America, which will arrive nonstop from San Francisco. Jet Blue is adding Seattle nonstop, and both Alaska and Delta are adding additional flights from LA. The Millennium Hotel, famous as headquarters for the Iditarod dog-sled race, is undergoing a total renovation to be finished later this year. The hotel is equally popular in summer, sitting on the shore of Lake Hood, with a restaurant deck overlooking the floatplane departure dock popular for flightseeing trips to grizzly bear country and around Mt. McKinley. One entirely new tourism offering is Gold Mine Safari Tours, which drives visitors into the mining heart of nearby Girdwood aboard extreme six-wheeled Pinzgauer trucks, to explore two gold mines high in the Chugach Mountains. You’ll pan for gold along the Historic Iditarod Trail, visit a century old defunct mine and get exclusive access to an active modern gold mine. Today’s Alaskan gold rush is based on beer, with a staggering number of craft breweries, and now you can easily take this liquid gold home: the Silver Gulch brewery just opened a unique to-go growler bar — inside security in the Anchorage airport’s C concourse!