Alaska Travel & Holiday Packages
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Popular Alaska Packages
REGIONS OF ALASKA
BARROW & FAR NORTH REGION
Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, 350 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Located between two unforgiving settings, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Brooks Range mountains to the south, Alaska’s North Slope is located in Alaska's Far North Region and is home to big polar bears and whales, even bigger oil fields and business, thousands of miles of barren tundra atop permafrost and a scattering of Alaska Native communities that balance subsistence living and modern American life. On the North Slope, the sun doesn’t set for around 80 days in the summer and doesn’t rise for nearly...
FAIRBANKS & INTERIOR REGION
The central region of Alaska's territory is called Interior Region, roughly bounded by the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the north. It is largely Mountains and wilderness. The largest city in the interior is Fairbanks, Alaska's second-largest city, in the Tanana Valley. The interior region has an estimated population of 113,154 Alaskan Athabaskans, native people of the Interior. Interior Alaska experiences extreme seasonal temperature variability. Winter temperatures in Fairbanks average −24 °C and summer temperatures average +17 °C.
ANCHORAGE & SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
Towering mountains, sparkling glaciers and amazing wildlife: Anchorage is the key to finding the best of Alaska in one place. Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, is a popular visitor destination. Luxury hotels, fine cuisine and shopping are only minutes from state parks, and many historical sites. The view of the Chugach Mountains, Southcentral Alaska’s primary mountain range, greets visitors to Anchorage. Anchorage’s top two attractions are the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum. Outdoors enthusiasts can access dozens of trails from the Glen Alps and Prospect Heights entrances.
JUNEAU & SOUTHCENTRAL REGION
Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of 3,819-ft. Mount Roberts. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. A tram carries visitors up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center, dedicated to local birds. Southeast Alaska, colloquially referred to as the Alaska Panhandle or Alaskan Panhandle, is the southeastern portion of the country. The majority of Southeast Alaska's area is part of the Tongass National Forest, the United States' largest...
Stretching over 1,000 miles into the Pacific Ocean, the southwest region offers volcanic islands, mountains and countless lakes. Part of the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, this region is dotted with volcanoes, home to Becharof and Izembek National Wildlife Refuges, Katmai National Park, McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, among many other natural splendours. Each year, dozens of rare bird species fly through Southwest Alaska on their migration route to summer in the Arctic. Moreover, don't miss the chance to see bears fishing for salmon at the top of a waterfall.
When to visit
Summer in Alaska, May through September, first appears in the Inside Passage region and moves its way north, carried along by lengthening daylight hours. May is generally the driest month across the state, even in the temperate rainforest of the Inside Passage. By July, daytime temperatures in the Interior can average in the 20°C range, although it has been known to reach well into the 30°C, while temperatures in the coastal areas and higher elevations rarely get above 18°C. Temperatures across the state start cooling in August and September, triggering a riotous display of fall colors across Alaska’s tundra and forest landscapes.
Winter in Alaska is roughly October through March, although temperatures and daylight vary from region to region. Coastal areas are more temperate, rarely falling below -6°C. Snow blankets much of Southcentral during the winter months, perfect for skiing, snowmobiling (snowmachining to Alaskans), and dog mushing.
Winter in the Interior and Arctic regions are completely different. You may start seeing snow in Interior as early as October, and temperatures may dip below -30 °C during the winter months. Strangely, the Arctic is technically a desert.
Temperatures during the shoulder seasons in Spring and Fall can be variable, warm during the day but still cold at night. So, in terms of day-to-day weather, it’s best to plan for a little of everything.
Welcome to the 49th State, Alaska! From the summit to the sea, from the city to the remote wilderness, Alaska does not disappoint. From kayaking in the spectacular Kenai Fjords, wandering around Alaska's famous landmarks, to cruising through the magnificent Glacier Bay and capturing rare moments in Denali's wildlife, our itineraries take you deep into the wonders of the vast north. Explore its awe-inspiring national parks, cruise along its gleaming glaciers or chase the incredible Northern Lights. Adventure awaits your whether you are a first-time or returning visitor. Contact us for the perfect itinerary that suits your interests!
What do you need to fly to Alaska?
Travellers will require a passport with at least six months validity from the time you intend to return home. Travellers are also required to apply for an ESTA (The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and possibly other documents to enter. The US has strict entry requirements for both tourists and transit passengers. US authorities won't allow you to enter the country if you don't comply.
Flights and getting to Alaska
Alaska’s major airports are:
Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport, which is the State’s main hub. The Airport is located 8km southwest of downtown Anchorage. Taking a local taxi from Anchorage Airport to downtown Anchorage is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel, arriving at your downtown hotel in just 15-minutes.
Fairbanks International Airport, located 5km southwest of downtown Fairbanks. Taking a local taxi from Fairbanks Airport to downtown Fairbanks is the quickest option. Other alternatives are a local Airport shuttle, public transport services or alternatively several of the downtown properties offer complimentary shuttles.
Juneau International Airport, located 13km northwest of downtown Juneau. Taking a local taxi from Juneau Airport to downtown Juneau is the quickest option. Juneau is the hub for all air travel in Southeast Alaska. If you’re headed for the Glacier Bay, Alaska Airlines operates a seasonal summer route connecting Juneau and Gustavus (Glacier Bay)
Many Alaska-bound flight itineraries include a stop in Seattle, the closest major airport to the state. Flights from Seattle take about two-and-a-half hours to reach Juneau and three-and-a-half to four hours to Anchorage and Fairbanks.
The majority of Alaska is not accessible by road, making airplanes essential for travel throughout the state. Alaska Airlines typically offers the most availability for travel to and within Alaska and has partnerships with several smaller carriers for service between additional communities.
Alaska’s coastal regions are known for abundant wildlife, stunning tidewater glaciers, and lively port communities. For many of these towns, ferries and water taxis are the primary link to the rest of the state and beyond. Traveling to and within Alaska on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system is an excellent option for independent travelers and families. In addition to the Alaska Marine Highway, other ferry services and water taxis provide access to port communities and remote coastal areas throughout the state.
For those that are looking for an all-inclusive experience, Small and Large Cruise Ships are a very popular way to travel to and around the state, including Silversea Cruises, Hurtigruten, Holland America and Un-Cruise Adventures.
There is no statewide bus network, and no Greyhound, however various shuttle buses cover most of Alaska's main highways in the summer. The best reason to tour the state renting a car with a Self-Drive package is to enjoy seriously spectacular scenery along the Alaska roads!
One of the other most stunning ways to see the state is by rail. The main rail operator is the Alaska Railroad which connects travellers from the interior of the State from Fairbanks to the mighty Denali National Park and the coastal ports of Seward and Whittier. Alaska Railroad is also a daylight-only operator with certain routes offering two levels of service. Most lines operate during summer months from mid-May to mid-September with limited winter routes. Reservations are highly recommended at any time during the summer.