Q-Tip: Best of Alaska

According to the December/January issue of Alaska Magazine, the results of the 2001 Best of Alaska are now in.

With ballots counted from both in-state and out-of-state readers, here are some of the 2001 winners:

Best Airline: Alaska Airlines.

Best Bar: The Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit (by out-of-state readers).

Best Bar: The Howling Dog Saloon in Fairbanks (by in-state readers).

Best Bed and Breakfast: Rockwell Lighthouse in Sitka.

Best Berry Picking: Hatcher Pass.

Best Boat Captain: Jim Binkley of the riverboat Discovery in Fairbanks.

Best Breakfast: Gwennies Old Alaska Restaurant at 4333 Spenard Road in Anchorage.

Best Bush Pilot: Craig Elg of Alaska Skyways/Regal Air in Anchorage.

Best Cemetery: The Sitka National Cemetery (by out-of-state).

Best Cemetery: The Russian Orthodox Cemetery, 26 miles north of Anchorage (by in-state).

Best Cinnamon Rolls: The Bake Shop in Girdwood.

Best Drive: The Richardson Highway.

Best Fjord: The Tracy Arm near Juneau.

Best General Store: Coghill's General Store in Nenana.

Best Glacier: The Ruth Glacier on the high reaches of Mt. McKinley.

Best Fishing Guide: Daniel Donich of Daniel's Personalized Guide Service in Homer.

Best Fishing River: Kenai River.

Best Microbrewery Beer: The Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria at 3300 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage.

Best Mountain: Mt. McKinley.

Best National Park: Denali (by out-of-state).

Best National Park: Glacier Bay (by in-state).

Best Nature Hike: The Eagle River Nature Center Trail near Anchorage.

Best Railroad Excursion: The White Pass and Yukon Route from Skagway to Lake Bennett.

Best Restaurant in The Interior: The Pumphouse Restaurant and Saloon in Fairbanks.

Best River: The Yukon River (by in-state).

Best River: The Kenai River (by out-of-state).

Best Tourist Shopping Trap: Anchorage's Fourth Avenue, the City of Skagway and Alaskaland in Fairbanks.

Best Travel Tip: Bring bug repellent (by in-state).

Best Travel Tip: Bring rain gear (by in-state).

Best Unpaved Highway: The Denali Highway.

Best Wildlife Viewing for Bears: McNeill River.

Best Wildlife Viewing for Eagles: Haines.

Best Viewing for Migratory Waterfowl: Creamer's Field in Fairbanks.

Best Wildlife Viewing for Whales: Sitka.

Best Whitewater Rafting: The Nenana River.


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