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Traveling Around Alaska

By Air, By Cruise Ship, By Rail and Road

You have arrived in Alaska, most likely by airplane or boat, or possibly behind the wheel. Now that you are here, there is so much to see and so many special places to visit as you travel around. But how do you get from one place to another when travel distances within Alaska are so far reaching?

Road Trips Through Alaska

If you prefer wheels, there are many rides available in Alaska. Dozens of tour operators are happy to do the driving for you and allow you to enjoy the sights. If you prefer to do the driving, you can rent your own vehicle.

Self Driving Routes: Cars, trucks and RVs are all available for rent in most major towns and allow you to travel the state at your own pace. Alaska’s road system makes driving easy; there are no big highways or rush hours. The road system offers the opportunity to see more places and highlights of Alaska than traveling by rail or bus. Have the complete freedom to stop wherever you like and travel at your own pace.

Bus Tours in Alaska: Tour buses travel the state all summer and are often operated by charming drivers and staff who seemingly know it all and are happy to share an area’s history and travel tips. Escorted bus group tours are a great way to see Alaska. Every aspect of the tour is organized, all you do is enjoy the journey! A tour leader will provide inside knowledge about our destination, you just sit back and relax. If you are a single traveler and/or enjoy traveling with different people in a group, you can explore Alaska in safety and comfort on a bus tour. Alaska areas that have scheduled and comfortable bus service include Anchorage, Seward with Kenai Fjords National Park, Talkeetna and Denali with Denali National Park.

Traveling Around Alaska By Air

Alaska has a celebrated history of aviation and bush pilots, so air travel is popular and makes even the most remote portions of the state accessible. Large jets travel to most of Alaska’s major cities and towns while medium-sized and small propeller planes reach smaller communities and remote lodge, fishing, skiing and bear viewing destinations. Float planes can land atop a secluded lake filled with hungry fish while other small planes can land on a glacier near Denali’s basecamp and then take off and circle you around the great peak itself.

Alaska Travel By Cruise Ship

All summer, cruise ships and ferries take large groups to popular ports and quiet destinations while smaller ships and water taxis are perfect transportation for fishing charters and wildlife viewing. In the Interior, riverboats are still used to retrace the tracks of gold rush dreamers. Get aboard a tour boat, water taxi or kayak and you can float so close to a glacier that you can hear it crack or so close to a whale that you can smell its fishy breath. Traveling by cruise will give you a great opportunity to see the coastal areas of Alaska. All cruises we offer are 8 days / 7 nights long.

Railroad Trips Through Alaska

The Alaska Railroad has a number of popular destinations spanning from Seward to Fairbanks, including Denali Park, Spencer Glacier and countless breathtaking landscapes along the way. Traveling by train is a relaxing and comfortable way to see Alaska.

Train service in Alaska is scenic sightseeing as we do not have high speed trains. The Alaska highlights to see on the rail route are Anchorage, Seward with Kenai Fjords National Park, Western part of Prince William Sound, Talkeetna, Denali with Denali National Park, and Fairbanks.

For specific mileage between Alaska cities and travel times, see our Map of Alaska with Mileage Distances.

To access some of Alaska’s remote destinations and adventures you can also find more unconventional travel options. A long snow machine ride or short plane ride can get you to backcountry lodges that offer seclusion, fantastic fishing in the summer and spectacular skiing in the winter, and the best in Alaska hospitality year-round. There are also helicopter tours, four-wheeler rides and even dog sleds pulled by Iditarod champions and contenders.

No matter how you travel through Alaska, the best pace is a patient one – to take your time, absorb every aspect of your visit with all 5 senses, the landscapes, the wildlife, the communities and the friendliness of the 49th state.