Alaska offers so many things to do and see! Among the wildlife you will find are; polar bears, brown bears, wolves, and arctic foxes. Not to mention the magnificent ice glaciers, which are also a big draw for visitors worldwide.  Alaska has an estimate of more than 100,000 glaciers, most of which are unnamed. Here is my Alaska travel guide that will help you plan an unforgettable experience.

What to expect in Alaska

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[great horned owl in Alaska]

The Gold Rush Days

In many ways, gold put Alaska on the map. Through the 1800s, gold was discovered in all corners of the state. Russians made the journey first, followed by hardworking miners. In 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush drew around 100,000 prospectors, laborers, and entrepreneurs to Northwest Canada, Dawson City, and the Yukon River. Many made their way there through Southeast Alaska ports.

Currency

Alaskan merchants are ready and willing to accept just about all major credit cards. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards, but American Express and Discovery are also widely used.

Climate

Alaska glaciers

Alaska summers are warm, with temperatures up to 90° F.  Yukon holds the record with a sizzling 100°F recorded in 1915. Many believe that the far northern part of Alaska would be the coldest.

When to visit Alaska

The best time to visit Alaska is from May to September. If you are looking for a more affordable time to go, May & September are the best months. Lots of tourists and cruise ships will be visiting during the busiest summer months of July and August.

Getting there

visit Skagway in Alaska

[visiting Skagway in older times]

Getting to Anchorage is simple! Take a plane, climb aboard a ship, or hit the road, but keep the camera close at hand as the journey itself can be breathtaking. An easy option for Alaska travel adventures, Anchorage is well connected by rail, road, and air.

Traveling to Alaska by ship

View direct service from domestic airports. Cruises and the state ferry system connect the Pacific Northwest with Alaska. Cruising departs from Vancouver, British Columbia, via Southeast Alaska and Southcentral Alaska, then heading into Anchorage.

Alaska travel by road

Driving to Alaska is high on the list of many adventurers. The trip is legendary for its beauty. Once a bumpy dirt road, the Alaska Highway is now a modern, well-maintained highway.

Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful national and state parks are along this route. Cultural attractions, adventure tours, incredible scenery, and unforgettable experiences make this option popular with independent travelers.

Alaskan culture

Salmon in Alaska

[fresh Alaskan salmon]

Even though Alaskan culture may not seemingly differ from those found in the other 48 states, the residents engage in activities unique to the state. Many of these activities can be enjoyed through Alaska’s annual events.  Including the Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile Race from Anchorage to Nome, followed by Fairbanks, and others. Other not-to-be-missed cultural happenings include the BP World Ice Art.

Things to do in Alaska

Alaska travel-national parks

These are some of the activities and places to include during your Alaska trip.

  • Hike and fish in Alaska’s Emerald Isle
  • Meet the creatures that live under the sea in Homer
  • Mingle with the wildlife at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
  • Pan for Gold at El Dorado Gold Mine
  • Climb Flat Top Mountain
  • Sea kayaking
  • Ice cave exploration
  • See the Northern Lights

We hope you have found this travel guide to Alaska helpful. If you have any questions about the destination or need help planning a trip, contact us for more information.