The spectacular aurora borealis is a major winter attraction, as is the Ice Alaska Festival in mid-March, with its ice-sculpting competition and dogsled racing on frozen downtown streets. Summer visitors should try to catch the three-day World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (w weio.org) in mid-July when contestants from around the state compete in dance, art and sports competitions, as well as some unusual ones like ear-pulling, knuckle hop, high kick and the blanket toss.

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