Planning to Visit Alaska? 23 Insights to Help You Have a Better Trip

by Janis on April 2, 2013

Alaska railroadAre you planning a trip to Alaska this summer?

Or thinking about one sometime in the future?

If so, we want to help answer your questions about Alaska before you go.

We are huge fans of the state of Alaska: Mr. Jones was born and raised in Anchorage, his dad was a part of the military contingency that built the Al-Can highway during WWII, and we enjoy visiting friends, family and favorite fishing and watering holes as often as possible.

With nearly 400 posts on this blog, you might have a hard time finding exactly what you are looking for about Alaska, so here’s a directory to the 23 top posts on Alaska that we’ve shared:

Why Go to Alaska?

If you aren’t already convinced to visit the 49th state, read the 5 Top Reasons to Visit Alaska.

 

Anchorage Visitor's CenterGetting “In the Know” Before You Go

An educated visitor to a new destination often has the best time.  Learning interesting Alaska facts, and some potential trivia answers in  22 Fun Facts You Might Want to Know.   We like to “Get in the Know” by reading about a destination. Here’s  5 Books to Read plus all of our Recommended Books on Alaska.

 

Cruising in Alaska

cruising AlaskaWe love cruising as much as we love Alaska.

A cruise is a great way to experience Alaska, while a cruise tour will give you a more diverse visit to the largest state. Learn more in Visiting Alaska by Cruise Ship? Answers to Your 6 Top Questions.

If you choose to cruise, here’s 10 Tips for Planning Your Time in Port.

True whether cruising to Alaska or any destination, these are 4 things to pack for a better cruise.

What to Pack for Alaska?

Speaking of packing, it’s generally one of the top questions that travelers planning a trip to Alaska ask. For a summer visit, you most likely won’t need a down parka but here’s 10 Tips on What to Pack.

Visiting Anchorage

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and top destination for those arriving to the state by air. It’s our most often-visited Alaska destination so we have multiple posts on the city — ranging from information about Captain Cook to Binky the infamous-but-deceased polar bear to lots of insider tips from local residents.  Read them all to learn insights such as how to avoid the high airport tax on rental cars.

 

Wildlife and Glaciers

Alaska glacierTwo of the top reasons people want to visit Alaska is to see wildlife and glaciers. Wildlife sightings are unpredictable, unless you visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Awe-inspiring glaciers cover much of Alaska but our favorite glacier destination is best seen from a cruise ship (be sure your itinerary includes Glacier Bay, National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska.

 

Homer, Alaska

The Spit, Homer, AlaskaHomer is a funky town at the end of the road — known for artists, halibut fishing  and being singer Jewel’s hometown.

Homer offers great food 5 Delicious Places to Eat and Drink in Homer, Alaska, an interesting museum the Pratt Museum, a world-famous bar: the Salty Dawg Saloon and a winery that makes wine with local fruit and grape juice from wine destinations around the world. Learn more about it in Words of Wisdom

 

Travel Chats with Alaska Insiders

One of the very best things about Alaska is the people who live there.

Mike Wien, vice president of small cruise ship company Alaska Dream Cruises tells how “The Killer whales (Orcas) fascinate the heck out of me.” A Travel Chat with a Fifth Generation Alaskan.

Here’s a “Travel Chat” with James Minton of Visit Anchorage“I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet “;.” A Travel Chat with an Alaska Insider.

Finally, learn more about Homer and the pull of Alaska from Monte Davis, Director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce in “What traveler wouldn’t want to come to Homer?” A Travel Chat with an Alaskan Insider.

What else would you like to know about visiting Alaska? Post your questions in comments, and we will answer them in a future post. 

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