Planning your trip to Alaska

Planning an Alaska vacation is fun. You could thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling. Catch sight of a humpback whale or wolf pups frolicking in the snow. Alaska is as rustic and romantic as one could ever imagine. Whales, Wonders and Wilderness  

When it comes to Alaska, what do you want to see and do? Do you want to see majestic mountains or a picturesque coastline? Do you want to see bears or whales or both? Do you want experience interior Alaska, such as Denali National Park?   Are you interested in riding the Alaska Railroad, taking in the sights from glass-domed rail cars? Do you want to  reel in a king salmon?  Paddle a kayak on a remote lake. Or gaze at calving glaciers or breaching whales?  Perhaps see a snowy landscape capped by northern lights? Do you want to go dog sledding?

As you research things like rail tours,  bear and moose viewing, national parks or fishing, you may also find Alaska land and shore excursion specialists that offer private or small-group package tours with itineraries that match your cruise itinerary abd are designed to combine some of Alaska's most iconic attractions.

If a cruise from Whittier ( Anchorage ) Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco  is not on your list this year, there are many other ways to get to and/or around Alaska. Most major airlines offer nonstop flights into major cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Then, If Denali is a must on your list, you'll be arriving by Alaska Railroad from either Anchorage or Fairbanks.

We've discovered it's best to let your original trip inspiration lead you and not try to pack too much into one trip. To get started, order an Alaska Vacation Planner to help guide you, and don't miss these travel tips.

Tips to help you plan your trip to Alaska, here's some tips from Travel Alaska The official State of Alaska website.

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Getting Started

Where To Start Planning?

The first thing to know is you don't have to do it alone! Alaska Travel Advisors specialize in Alaska and can make recommendations customized to your requests.