Traveling to Alaska

By Air, Cruise Ship, Rail or Road

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Traveling to Alaska is easy for visitors by air, road or by cruise ship!

Air Travel and Flights to Alaska

The Anchorage airport (ANC) is Alaska’s main doorway by air and is serviced by Alaska Airlines and several domestic airlines via Seattle, Vancouver, and select other U.S. cities. There are also flights directly into Fairbanks, Ketchikan and Juneau. There are year-round non-stop domestic U.S. flights from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle with additional summer-only non-stops from Dallas, Long Beach, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

In addition, there is more limited international service via Iceland Air, Korean Air or Condor airlines. Many of Alaska travelers from international destinations arrive in the U.S. to another gateway city and then connect to a domestic flight to Anchorage.

To check current Alaska flight availability and fares: Kayak.com, Airfarewatchdog.com, JustFly, Expedia or Orbitz.

Traveling to Alaska by Road

Driving to Alaska requires thousands of miles on the road and plenty of time. Allow at least a week each way if traveling from the U.S. In driving distance, Anchorage is 2,250 miles (4-5 days) from Seattle and 3,400 miles from Los Angeles. By comparison, New York to Los Angeles is 2,800 miles. The 1,400-mile Alaska Highway will give you a great appreciation of the size and landscapes of Alaska. The Milepost contains good road maps and mile-by-mile distances for all Alaska highways.

Getting to Alaska by Cruise Ship

Without a doubt, getting to Alaska by cruise ship is immensely popular for Alaska visitors. While cruise passengers may never experience the authentic Alaska while on board, off shore excursions and cruise and land packaged vacations can give many an affordable, easy way to begin to explore America’s 49th state. The major Alaska cruise ports include Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

The major cruise lines servicing Alaska include:

Large Cruise Ships

  • Carnival Cruise Line – 2,124 Guests
  • Celebrity Cruises (Premium)  1,814 – 2,850 Guests
  • Crystal Cruises (Luxury) – 940 guests
  • Disney Cruise Lines – 2400 guests
  • Holland America (Premium) – 1,380 – 1,960 Guests
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – 1,936 – 2,394 Guests
  • Princess Cruises – 1,970 – 2,670 Guests
  • Royal Caribbean – 2,435 – 2,501 Guests

Mid Size Cruise Ships

  • Oceania Cruises (Premium) – 684 Guests

Small Cruise Ships

  • American Cruise Lines – 93 guests
  • Ponant Cruises (Yacht Style) – 64 – 264 Guests
  • Regent Seven Seas (Luxury) – 490 Guests
  • Silversea Cruises (Luxury) – 382 Guests
  • Seabourn Alaska Cruises (Yacht Style) – 208 – 450 Guests
  • Un-Cruise Adventures – 60 – 76 Guests