Planning a Trip to Alaska
Summer in Alaska
Winter in Alaska
The Alaska Railroad
An Alaska Itinerary
Getting to Alaska
- There are plenty of flights in and out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
- As discussed, you can take a cruise into Anchorage itself which is a fantastically picturesque way to enter into the city.
- If you feel like being adventurous, the Alaska Marine Highway has state-operated ferries that run along the coast. You can take your ferry (with your car) from Bellingham, Washington State up to Anchorage.
- For the ultimate road trip, take the Alaska Canada Highway which runs more than 200 miles from the British Columbia border to Anchorage. Built in 1947 as part of World War II defines efforts, it was said to be an engineering marvel to rival the Panama Canal.
5 Popular Things To Do in Alaska
- Wildlife Viewing – You are spoiled for choice if you enjoy watching wildlife such as moose, beaver, bear and wolves. For guaranteed wildlife spotting, you have the Alaska Zoo located in a forest near Anchorage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a conservation centre a bit further from Anchorage and the Alaska SeaLife Center, a marine research facility in Seward.
- Explore the National Parks – From Anchorage you have access to five national parks – Kenai Fjords (see whales and otters), Katmai (get your fill of bears), Lake Clark (bear viewing and hiking, kayaking and rafting), Wrangell-St. Elias (see giant glaciers) and Denali (home to America’s tallest mountain).
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- Enjoy all that water provided by the lakes and glaciers with rafting tours, jet boat safaris, kayaking and canoeing tours. If you are into fishing, Anchorage is considered one of America’s best fishing spots. Grab a wetsuit, even stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is becoming a popular activity.
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- Festivals and Events – The summer has lots of festivals happening like the Alaska State Fair. In winter, you get events like the Fur Rondy mentioned above.
- Flightseeing – Alaska is a massive state but has only 10,000 miles of road. You can charter a small plane to take you into the wilderness and the flight itself is the real trip not the destination. It’s expensive but worth it!
Collective Wisdom: Planning A Trip To Alaska
A Birthday Trip to Remember
It’s also a great spot for a family vacation, as Alaska offers so much for the young and the old and everyone in between. Dog sledding and taking a train ride through the scenic White Pass and Yukon Route are just two of the many family-friendly activities available.
And there’s no need to rough it in Alaska these days. There are so many cruises that operate in Alaska that it’s easy to enjoy the scenery of the Last Frontier while having the luxuries of cruise life. An Alaska cruise with kids is an easy way to explore the state.
Mid- to late summer is a great time to visit for first-timers looking for a taste of Alaska, as the weather is mild and still amenable for most activities.
Make sure to kayak to Eagle Islands, hike the Mendenhall Glacier, and sail through the Inside Passage. There’s nothing like being reminded of Mother Nature’s awesomeness like passing through humongous glaciers and feeling like a little ant. Summer is also prime time for salmon fishing, or for those who lack the patience for fishing, salmon eating!
The Alcan Highway
The Wilderness Beyond The Cruise Ship Ports
An eight-mile hike, led by Packer Expeditions, through the Alaskan wilderness up a glacier is the perfect way to spend the day in Skagway – even if it’s pouring rain (which it does often in this temperate rain forest).
Ketchikan, a popular cruise port in southeastern Alaska, is home to a red-light district that functioned well into the 20th century. But instead of spending your time with “working ladies,” hop in a kayak with Southeast Sea Kayaks to explore nearby Orca Cove, where you’ll meet Wilbur the seal and possibly catch a glimpse of orca whales. Regardless of what you do, Alaska’s wilderness is best seen outdoors on the water, on a hiking trail or from a seaplane.
– by Christina Saull who writes at My View From The Middle Seat; find her also on
What do you think of a trip to Alaska? We are torn between having the long warm days (and mosquitos) of summer and seeing the Northern Lights in winter.
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