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Three Reasons (and counting) to Visit Alaska this Summer!

Alaska BearsThe good news is there is still plenty of time to plan your trip to Alaska this summer. The great news is there has never been a better time to visit Alaska and take advantage of special community events, great travel deals and excellent availability on some of Alaska’s most popular destinations and attractions. We are happy to share our short list of top reasons why now is the perfect time to book your Alaska vacation. We have also invited our fellow Alaska residents and travel industry partners to add their suggestions, so check back soon.

Reason 1 – Alaska’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood
Join in with Alaskans as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Statehood [1] this year. Many communities and local tourism business are participating with special events and supper savings for Alaska visitors. Alaska Tour & Travel is sponsoring a photo contest for visitors and residents featuring a grand prize of a commemorative print by Sydney Laurence signed by all of Alaska’s living governors. Are you celebrating your 50th birthday this year as well? If so, you can ride the Alaska Railroad [2] or Park Connection Motorcoach [3] for Free.

Reason 2 – Freakishly Low Alaska Cruise Rates
It is no secret that cruise lines like to sail full, and will offer significant discounts if needed to make that happen. With the soft economy, and significant Alaska cruise capacity to fill, that is exactly what is happening now. It is still common to see Gulf of Alaska cruise [4] promotions as low as $399 for a seven night cruise, even for peak season cruises for this coming June, July and August. Here is another thing to consider. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, NCL and Carnival Cruise Line have all modified their 2010 ship deployment to reduce capacity of seven night Gulf of Alaska cruises to Whittier or Seward. With a recovering economy and reduced capacity for 2010, most travel experts expect higher prices for Gulf of Alaska cruises for next year.

Reason 3 – Excellent Availability and Prices on Alaska Land Tours
The savings don’t stop with cheap cruise prices. Unprecedented discounts and travel deals [5] on Alaska hotels, activities, transportation and even complete vacation packages are still available for this summer. You will find savings of 30% or more for typical vacation packages or savings of over $100 per night on many hotels, in addition to specials like cash back rebates, double airline miles and contest giveaways. More importantly there is still excellent availability on hard to get reservations that are typically sold out by this time of year, such as peak season Denali National Park bus tours and hotels. There are even still plenty of rooms available in Seward for their famous Fourth of July celebration, a not to be missed event for visitors and residents alike.

Reasons 4 through 99 – You Tell Us
We need your help! Have you come across a great reason to visit Alaska this summer? Perhaps you are an Alaska resident whose community has a special event planned, or maybe you work in the Alaska travel industry and your company has a special travel deal for visitors this summer. Share your reason to visit Alaska below and we will let folks know and include a link your web site if you have one.