Alaska is vast with infinite possibilities of wild adventures! Which is why it is really important to take your time to wisely plan your trip to this rugged and remote land and dig out some top tips for traveling to Alaska.
Alaska is a much more secluded travel destination compared to your usual backpacker spot, but this makes it even more of a rewarding place to visit! We’ve gathered some top travel tips on when is the best time to visit, the best way to travel to Alaska and what you must see and do!
When to visit
The best time to visit Alaska really depends on the type of activities you want to experience during your trip. Busier tourist season runs from the middle of May until the middle of September, where the climate is warmer, most tourist attractions are up and running and more importantly – the wild animals are active!
However, don’t let the winter months put you off visiting this diverse region, during December, January, February, and March you can experience the enchanting snow-covered land and make the most of the many fun snow activities such as the traditional Alaskan dog sledding and speeding through the white terrain on a snowmobile! The great thing about Alaska is that there really is no bad time to visit. Each season has a variety of different experiences for every traveler no matter the time of year.
Top Tip: Daylight Hours
Make sure to check the sunrise and sunset times at the time of the year you plan to visit Alaska, it will hugely affect your outdoor activities plans. The range of daylight hours in some northern areas of Alaska means that in summer, the sun does not set at all!
In winter, some areas will only have a maximum of 2 hours of sunlight. A general rule is, in summer you can expect to have longer, brighter days the further north you travel, and during winter the days become shorter and darker further north you go.
How to travel to Alaska
Flying is by far the quickest way to get to Alaska. Anchorage is the most popular and largest airport that connects Alaska with the rest of the world with major international airlines and hundreds of daily scheduled flight.
You can make an unforgettable trip by driving the world-famous Alaska Highway Route from the U.S, passing through Canada and arriving into Anchorage. The route stretches for over 1500 miles, beginning at Dawsons Creek In British Columbia you can experience a memorable road trip adventure, stopping off along the way. Make sure to plan around 5 days of driving to fully enjoy the road trip before you arrive in Alaska.
You can experience breathtaking, beautiful scenery when travelling to Alaska on a cruise ship. This option is ideal for the luxury travellers looking to enjoy a swankier way of exploring the best of the Alaskan coastline. Without a doubt, taking a cruise to Alaska really is a once in a lifetime experience, and the very best way to explore the Alaskan land and sea.
The majority of the popular cruise ships take you through Alaska’s Inside Passage stopping off at: Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and, Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay and Anchorage. Celebrity Cruises allows you to take in the very best of Alaska’s destinations, not only by sea, but land too.
The Alaskan Celebrity Cruise Tour offers:
- Unforgettable cruise leaving from Seattle or Vancouver.
- A combined cruise and land tour multi-night fully escorted land tour, where you be entirely immersed in the Alaskan culture and landscape.
- You get to stay in a luxury, newly renovated modern cruise ship.
- On land you can overnight in remarkable authentic Alaskan lodges.
- Eat and discover the most delicious local food spots.
- Be guided and escorted by a local tour director who will make sure you experience all of the must see spots in Alaska.
What to see and do in Alaska
Dog Sledding: Witness or even take part in this quintessential Alaskan activity! You can take a look at the musher’s kennel, say hello to the sled dogs and puppies, hear all about how the dogs are trained and sled in the cart being pulled by the sled dogs!
Whale watching: You can take a boat ride into the water and get a once in a lifetime up-close experience watching whales in the wild. Keep an eye out for orcas, humpbacks, famous gray whales or belugas.
Kenai Fjords National Park: This national park is on the Kenai Peninsula and is well known for its various fjords created by glaciers, formed thousands of years ago. You can take a hike on the Harding Iceland Trail with a ranger, take a kayak out on the fjords and trek around the rugged edges of the incredible Exit Glacier.
Tracy Arm Fjord: Here you can get close to icebergs, watch out for waterfalls and marvel at the teal green colored water! The fjord has very dramatic scenery, with high chances of spotting seals and whales.
Katmai National Park: Alaska’s definitive landscape, the Katmai National Park is the postcard image of Alaska. Here you can spot eagles soaring above, watch bears snatch salmon from the air in at Brooks Falls. This spot can’t be missed!
Denali National Park: This national park has thriving wildlife, forests and glaciers, and home to Mount McKinley, Northern America’s highest mountain peak.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: Covering a staggering 3.3 million acres of land, this National park is a world heritage site and offers visitors to get close to the amazing natural beauty and even more wildlife.