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Summer Road Trips To and In Alaska: Your Questions Answered!

At Alaska Tours, over our 30+ year history, we’re been asked lots of questions by visitors planning their trips. Road trippers, in particular, as well as those who enjoy driving themselves to and around Alaska tend to wonder about and often ask the following questions about driving to and around Alaska during the summer months.  What is it like to drive... Read More

“Untapped” Alaska: Secrets to Finding the Best Brews Under the Midnight Sun

If you love beer (and especially microbrews), Alaska is a great place to discover delicious local breweries which are sprinkled all over the state. The Brewers Guild of Alaska, a nonprofit trade group founded in 2000, heralds the increasing local investment in microbrews, the fastest growing segment of alcoholic beverages. So where should you head for some local IPA, lager or... Read More

Alaska Packing Tips: Weather Confessions and a Lesson in Layers

In Alaska, the hottest fashion trend is warmth. Saying that Alaska’s weather is wild is the most accurate meteorological forecast ever. In fact, Alaska is a land of extreme weather that can change fast and swing unpredictably. T-shirts and sunburn in March? It’s a thing! Ask any happy Alaskan skier. Facing a real-life "snow globe" moment while hiking Flattop near Anchorage... Read More

Alaska Railroad Train Trips: An Affordable Addition to Any Alaska Trip

One of the more traditional, romantic and unique ways to travel in America’s “Last Frontier” is aboard the Alaska Railroad. This iconic rail line spans 470 miles from the scenic Kenai Peninsula’s port of Seward to the Interior’s Golden Heart City, Fairbanks. Along the way are many opportunities train passengers can take advantage of with stops in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest... Read More

Not A Typical Train Trip: Experience Alaska Railroad Special Events

For nearly 100 years, the Alaska Railroad has taken passengers to classic Alaska destinations and adventures aboard an iconic form of American transportation - travel by rail. One bonus to traveling by rail is that the Alaska Railroad treats its passengers to some rather unique "good times" with an array of annual special events that you can only experience by... Read More

Alaska Wildlife at Home in Denali National Park

Traveling in Denali National Park, it’s easy to find yourself constantly gazing skyward for a glimpse of The Great One – Denali. A sighting of the majestic mountain and precarious peak, as well as its summits and spurs, will take your breath away. The experience also provides instant perspective on how massive the mountain really is (20,310 feet tall) and... Read More

When Visiting Alaska: What’s Worth the Splurge?

If you’re finally making your long-awaited, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska, or even if you’re just trying to check more items off your Last Frontier bucket list, you might like some “insider tips” about how to best indulge yourself when traveling around America’s 49th state. Included in our recommendations are some upgrades to Alaska adventures that are definitely worth splurging for! Alaska... Read More

The Best Shore Excursions For Alaska Cruises

As exciting, comfortable and special as it is to be aboard an Alaska cruise traveling along Alaska’s amazing coastlines, a cruise is often just the beginning of an unforgettable Alaska adventure. It’s true, Alaska’s scenery – with its glaciers, mountains and wildlife -- will keep you constantly breathless as you gaze shore-side. But every Alaska port town you visit also... Read More

The Majestic Mountains of Alaska – Denali to St Elias to Redoubt

Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun is also the Land of the Majestic Mountains. When people think of Alaska mountains, their minds instantly go to Denali, formerly Mt. McKinley. And for good reason: Denali is North America’s tallest peak and easily Alaska’s most popular. The mountain is magnetic to climbers, sightseers and Alaskans, who visit its namesake park by the... Read More

Happy New Year: Looking Forward to Alaska Adventures in 2020

Happy New Year! If your big 2020 New Year's resolution is visiting Alaska, we're thrilled! To get you excited about your upcoming adventure, here are 10 Alaska-inspired ideas for your travels to the 49th state in 2020 (or beyond). And don't worry, you don't have to do all of these in just one trip north! Exercise more … by taking one... Read More

After Your Alaska Tour: Bring Home Classic Alaska Souvenirs & Keepsakes

The best Alaska memories originate from the amazing experiences our visitors discover up North. Each Alaska visitor, whether they take an Alaska cruise, drive north on a AK roadtrip or travel around via the Alaska Railroad, is often touched in very personal ways by their unique encounters up in our scenic state. Good thing there are numerous ways to extend... Read More

Alaska: A Winter Wonderland of Amazing Adventures

While most travelers plan Alaska visits for the peak season of summer sun and fun, those who wander north for Alaska's winter are welcoming by a surprisingly warm vibe, as well as many unique winter outdoor opportunities and special surprises. Winter travelers can break out their warm winter jackets, a fleece hat and some toe-roasting snow boots and by taking... Read More

The Aurora Cycle: When and Where to Witness the Northern Lights

While there’s a certain mystical quality behind Alaska’s awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights form great bands of incredible illumination that actually have much more to do with magnetism than with magic. And believe it or not, their activity is even (perhaps surprisingly) fairly predictable. First, you need to understand the science behind lights themselves. The Northern Lights phenomenon is created... Read More

Alaska Culinary Trends: What’s Hot on Alaska’s Palates & Plates?

Alaska cuisine is legendary on culinary wish lists and is the muse for unforgettable meals and dining daydreams for foodies everywhere. Today, with multimedia sending word-of-mouth raves and recipe reviews further and faster than ever, Alaskan food trends have become hashtag and track-down worthy pastimes among those looking for the latest "new news" in culinary circles. Once known for hearty comfort... Read More

Alaska’s National Parks: Diverse, Spectacular & Iconic

Alaska is enormous, and it’s practically bursting with out-of-this-world natural beauty and wonder. It has so many special settings and so much spectacular wildlife that it is home to eight Alaska National Parks covering 54 million acres — not to mention 50 National Historic Landmarks, 16 National Natural Landmarks, 24 official National Park Service units, and nearly 100 state park... Read More