The Iditarod

Alaska’s Iconic Sled Dog Race

Spectators from far and wide head to Anchorage each year to catch a glimpse of the world-famous Iditarod. This long-distance sled dog race has been a real crowd-pleaser since 1973 and kicks off annually on the first Saturday in March. Grab a spot near the starting line when you stay at our Downtown Anchorage hotel.

Iditarod mushers and their dogs cover approximately 1,000 miles of varied and often hostile Alaskan terrain during this winter event, which aims to preserve Alaskan huskies and the traditions of sled dog culture. A successful race requires hundreds of volunteers, including local and visiting veterinarians, coordinators, and more. Curious onlookers can gather on Fourth Avenue at D Street or anywhere along the 11-mile Anchorage route to see these ambitious teams before they begin their journey into the wilderness.

There are numerous special events hosted before, during, and after the ceremonial start of the Iditarod race in Alaska. The Musher’s Banquet is held each year before the race and includes a plated dinner where the mushers, their friends, family, and fans can mingle. There are also opportunities to go on a public dog kennel tour, lend a helping hand as a volunteer, or watch the race after it begins by air or snowmobile.

At the end of a full day of Iditarod activities, you can warm up and enjoy the welcoming accommodations at GuestHouse Inn Anchorage.