Point A to Point B: Alaska Travel Times

It may not be quite as fun as picking out Alaska day tours or as entertaining as shopping for accommodations, but coordinating efficient transportation is still on one of the most important aspects of a well-planned itinerary. To help you decide between transportation options check out this list of transit times plus our tips for making the most of your time traveling in Alaska.

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How to Choose a Seward Day Cruise

Of all the things to do in Seward (and there are many) the most popular is a day cruise. The small town on Resurrection Bay is technically part of southcentral Alaska, but the landscape is quintessentially coastal Alaska in look and feel. Glacially carved mountains flank the bay. Sitka spruce and hemlock blanket the rocky lower elevations, gradually giving way to scrubby alpine brush and dwarf dogwood. In neighboring Kenai Fjords National Park winding inlets abruptly end at the faces of huge tidewater glaciers. All this beauty is best appreciated by boat.

And yet, while the decision to include a boat tour in your Alaska vacation is easy, picking one out of several good options can be more of a challenge. Here’s how to choose your Seward day cruise. (more…)

Alaska Wildlife “Guaranteed” Viewing!

If you are like most travelers to Alaska one of the top reasons for visiting is to see Alaska’s bountiful wildlife. Images of bull moose grazing in misty ponds and shaggy brown bears swiping Alaskan salmon from waterfalls are rightfully iconic. But Alaska is a HUGE state and even though there are over 175,000 moose and 30,000 bears among a multitude of other wildlife they are not always conveniently staged in their local habitats.

Generally speaking, if you come to Alaska and visit one of our national parks—Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, and Lake Clark National Park among them—you should see wildlife. Your chances are even better if you take recommended tours like the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour in Denali or the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise out of Seward. But with such high expectations to see Alaska wildlife it pays to have a backup plan. Here are a few locations throughout southcentral and interior Alaska that you can be guaranteed to see animals. (more…)

Meet the Huskies Who Call Denali Home

Denali Sled Dog Kennel

Among its many claims to fame (oh, you know, the tallest mountain in North America), Denali National Park is also exceptional in this fun way: It’s home to the only working sled dog kennel in any U.S. national park. (more…)

Why the Kantishna Roadhouse Could Be the Highlight of Your Alaska Vacation

Look at a map of Denali National Park and you’ll see a multitude of mountains and glaciers, webs of snaking waterways, and one single meandering road. Follow that road to its end. That’s where you’ll find the Kantishna Roadhouse.

The Roadhouse is an all-inclusive backcountry lodge tucked within the borders of Denali National Park. It’s closer to the summit of Denali than it is to the entrance of the park, a homey sort of oasis amid a wild landscape. And while staying there is an experience not soon forgotten, it’s also an investment in both time and a good portion of your trip budget.

Knowing that, here’s why a few nights at the Kantishna Roadhouse could just be the highlight of your Alaska vacation. (more…)

4 Tips for Saving on Transportation in Alaska

Alaska Railroad Turnagain Arm

Even though southcentral Alaska’s most popular destinations are clustered in a relatively small area compared to the huge scale of the state, traveling between them still takes a surprising amount of time. It also eats up a surprising percentage of most travel budgets. With that in mind, check out our quick tips for saving on transportation while you’re in Alaska. (more…)

When Should You Travel in Alaska? It Depends

Resurrection Bay Cruise

There’s something to be amazed by in Alaska at any time of the year, be it whales migrating in May or the northern lights glowing in December. But for most visitors, the best time to visit Alaska is from mid-May to mid-September, with the peak travel season from about June 15 to August 15. These months offer the most tour options, a good probability of clear weather, and the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Below is a breakdown of what is great (and not so great) about each month. (more…)

Two Ways to Explore the Great Northwestern Fjord

Kenai Fjords National Park is unlike any other park in the country. No roads enter it. Only one established hiking trail wanders within, and that ends after four miles. Some parts of the park are thick with temperate rainforest, while more than half is covered in a thousand feet of ice. And even though it draws upwards of 300,000 visitors a year, very few people ever explore beyond its perimeter.

There’s a good reason, though, and it’s not just because it’s impenetrable. It’s because that perimeter, especially the dramatic mountains and jagged glaciers of the remote Northwestern Fjord, is extraordinary in its own right. (more…)

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