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…)

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…)

Three Roads Rental Car Companies Ban in Alaska (Except Alaska 4×4)

There’s enough to see along Alaska’s well-traveled main highways to fill more than one Alaska vacation. But Alaska’s road system offers even more past where the pavement ends, and only Alaska 4×4 vehicle rentals provide access to those otherwise banned highways. Curious where you can take a backroads-approved rental? Read on.

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Spotlight on Alaska’s Wilderness Express Dome Rail Service

Once a service only cruise line passengers could experience, today the Alaskan-owned and operated Wilderness Express welcomes everyone—large group and independent travelers alike. Those travelers are treated to some of the swankiest service on the rails. The Wilderness Express also offers both adult and child fares, making this premier rail option ideal for families traveling with children ages 2 to 11.

What exactly is the Wilderness Express? It’s a private rail car service that travels with the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star train between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks. Check-ins and luggage are handled the same as Alaska Railroad passengers, but Wilderness Express ticketholders enjoy their own spacious private car and dedicated staff.

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Quick Q&A – Our 2018 Photo Contest Winner

Several of the finalist photographs in our 2018 photo contest were shot by casual photographers, but it turned out that our winning photo came from a professional. Matt Meisenheimer specializes in landscape photography. He travels extensively in his search for beautiful vistas and because of that frequently finds his way to Alaska. Here’s what he has to say about his winning photo “Chugach” and traveling in Alaska. (more…)

Stumped for Gift Ideas? Here’s How to Give the Gift of Alaska

What makes a great gift?

Is a great gift unique? Is it meaningful and heartfelt? Is it exchangeable? Or is a truly great gift all those things?

We know of a gift that’s all those things: Alaska. Or rather … a well thought out, perfectly planned trip to Alaska.

Here’s how you do it.

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