National Plan for Vacation Day is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year—and inspire them to use those days to explore far and wide. It highlights the importance of taking time off to travel — both for personal well-being and for the overall economic prosperity that tourism brings to our communities. The U.S. Travel Association encourages everyone to plan their vacations the last Tuesday in January. 

Too often, people do not take their earned vacation time. By taking your earned time off, you come back refreshed, rejuvenated and recharged - and you help the local economy. Overwhelming to-do lists and piles of work on your desk will be there when you return, and you'll be more productive after taking time off and reconnecting.

A vacation doesn't have to be a trip to far-flung destination, it can be as simple as a few days exploring your own back yard. Make 2023 the year you commit to getting out and exploring. Take time to trek on Matanuska Glacier, or spend a day hiking in Denali State Park. Use your time to experience things people only dream about. It will inspire and refresh you - and that pile of paperwork on your desk will still be there when you return!