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.
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 Milepostcontains 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.