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With over 1,150 miles of some of the most hostile terrain in the world, the Iditarod is not for the faint-hearted. Encompassing jagged mountains, steep glaciers, forest and tundra, this dog sled race has got it all.

For visitors eager to experience the Iditarod, Anchorage is the ideal city in which to base your stay. From here, it's possible to travel to the Iditarod stages and take in the action before relaxing in comfort at the end of each day at the hotel. Guests of The Lakefront Anchorage can even take advantage of the special Iditarod Race Start Package to catch all the action and to revel in pre- and post-race celebrations.

The Iditarod race itself attracts crews from as far afield as Europe. Mushers and huskies from all around the world assemble in Alaska to take part. Press, visitors and locals also gather for the annual event. With the race starting in Anchorage itself, hotel guests are primely positioned to catch the best of the action.

When man and beast pit their wits against nature, the result is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. There's no other event on earth quite like it.