Planning your first visit to Alaska?
We call Alaska the last great frontier. I didn’t really understand it until I was standing on a glacier and looking out 50 miles over a vast white landscape under a sunny sky. What other state in the United States has a capital with no roads running into it?
Let me give you my top Alaska travel tips and share this video about planning travel to Alaska, too.
Fun facts about the largest state in the Union
- Glaciers cover about 5% of the entire state.
- 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are in Alaska.
- Alaska has the both the westernmost and the northernmost points in the United States.
- Ninilchik, Alaska is an isolated village that for many years still spoke Russian dialect.
- There are only three main airports in Alaska, with Anchorage being the busiest and largest.
Planning a trip to Alaska
In this video I share ways to see Alaska by ship and by land, along with information about the best times to travel to Alaska, my recommendations for the best cruise lines to Alaska, traveling by land in Alaska, and more.
My top Alaska travel tips
- Rather than packing heavy, bulky clothing pare down to thin layers for travel in Alaska. You’ll probably be there sometime between spring to fall, and while you may see snow, you’ll also have some blue sky days more than likely. Be prepared to bundle up by layering. Layers trap warmth and take up a lot less room than bulky items in your luggage or backpack.
- You’ll need sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. See my suggestions for sunglasses in this related article.
- Take waterproof walking shoes. Even if there’s no snow or mud, there will be rain and walking on glaciers.
- Take a collapsible walking stick for walking on uneven terrain (see suggestions at the end of this article).
- If you want to travel with just your smartphone for a camera, use Olloclip lenses to give yourself more options for the stunning pictures you will be taking in Alaska.
- Since parts of Alaska (like the Inside Passage) are hard to see without being on a ship or a boat, consider a combination cruise and land package so that you see Alaska’s coast but also the amazing interior. (The video talks more about how to do this.)
- You’ll probably be in Alaska when the days are very long, so if sleeping in the light bothers you, bring an eye mask. (See suggestions below.)
- Don’t forget to bring gloves, even in summer!
- If you’re driving to out of the way places in Alaska, keep cash on you as many places don’t take credit cards yet.
Alaska is one of the most unique places to explore in the United States. We help travelers plan railroad trips, ships, and land tours of Alaska. Contact us at email@example.com or call us at 941–720-1842.