Alaska Vacation Planning

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Alaska Vacation Planning Assistance

Planning an Alaska Vacation can be a huge challenge! Let us help you with our “Alaska Vacation Planning” assistance. We want our guests to have the best time possible on their Alaska vacation, and offer unique “insider” knowledge about our State. Our State is huge, with numerous different regions. Public transportation is nothing like what you are used to. Our roads are mostly 2 lanes, some are unpaved. Our towns are small, some can only be reached by ferry, or plane. There are places where it’s best to have a vehicle; others where it’s best not….Although there are plenty of books available, one problem with tour books is that they are out of date the moment they hit the shelves. We are assembling this section of our website to help our customers find answers to the questions they have, and to assist them in designing the Alaska vacation of their dreams. Send us an email with your questions, or what you want to do and see, and we’ll help you figure out a great itinerary!

The Challenges of Alaska Travel
When planning your Alaska vacation, it’s easy to forget how large our State is. If you were to super-impose the State of Alaska on top of a map of the 48 State, you would see that Alaska stretches from California to Florida and from Michigan to Texas.  Although our state is HUGE, it only contains a population of about 650,000 people.  Our roads are almost all 2 lane undivided highways.  Our “public transportation” is not what you are used to (1 train or bus a day (if that)).  There is a limited number of “nice” places in any given town, far fewer than the number of our summer visitors Car rental agencies are few and far between except in the largest of cities (Anchorage).  Hefty one-way drop off fees on rental cars is very common.  It’s easy to mis-judge distances and driving times
Suggested Itineraries
We are focusing our first suggestions on the most easily accessible areas of Alaska, the South Central and Interior sections. As time allows we will be embellishing this information. If you see an itinerary that is of interest to you, we will help you fine tune it to meet your specific needs. These are very “rough” suggestions, just intended to be an overview. Please be sure to visit our Alaska Travel Info (Getting Aroung) section for information on the various methods of travel.

7 Day Itinerary

  • Fly into Fairbanks, spend night.
  • Train south to Denali National Park, spend night.
  • Take the Park bus ride, spend night.
  • Train to Anchorage, rent car, drive to Seward, spend night.
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, spend night.
  • Visit Exit Glacier, hike, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, take a sunset kayak paddle or relax & watch wildlife, spend night.
  • Return with rental car to Anchorage, and fly home.

10 Day Itinerary

  • Fly into Anchorage, spend night.
  • Train north to Denali National Park, spend night.
  • Take bus ride inside the Park, or spend the day hiking, taking a flightseeing trip or rafting; then spend night.
  • Train to Anchorage, rent car, drive to Seward, spend night.
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, have a relaxing evening in town or at the cabin, spend night.
  • Visit Exit Glacier, hike, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, take a sunset kayak paddle or relax & watch wildlife, spend night.
  • Drive to Homer, spend the night.
  • Fish, kayak, take boat tour, visit Pratt Museum, visit crafty shops, spend night.
  • Return with rental car to Anchorage, and fly home.
  • Variation, use the 7 day itinerary into Fairbanks and just add a night, two or three along the way in any area that is appealing.

14 Day Itinerary

  • Using either the 7 or 10 day Itineraries you can spend more time in these areas, you can add a town or two into the mix (Talkeetna, Girdwood, Hope, Homer).
  • You can have a rental car the entire time rather than train (although we recommend the train for the northern section) (BEWARE of one-way drop off fees with rental cars, see our section on rental cars for more information).

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