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What To Pack for an Alaska Vacation

An Alaska vacation is unlike any other for many reasons. Alaska treats all visitors to unique landscapes and communities, cultures and cuisines, people, history, wildlife and, well, wacky weather! In Alaska, it can hit the sweltering ‘90s and then snow in the same summer month. It can dump a foot of snow and blanket of rain in the same winter... Read More

10 Alaska Traveler “Tips And Tricks” To Get The Most Out of Your Alaska Vacation

Some of the best Alaska travel trips come from those Alaska travelers who are actually doing the travel! Here’s a collection of 10 Alaska vacation tips and tricks shared by our recent travelers, as well as some additional insider feedback from our staff at Alaska Tours. Alaska Travel Tip #1: Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun! Alaska’s summer sun is... Read More

When Will I See the Northern Lights in Alaska?

The northern lights are among Alaska’s biggest and brightest, exciting and elusive attractions. To experience the northern lights is something you will never forget, but it isn’t always easy to time things right. It’s worth the effort, however, because these are one of nature’s greatest wonders. But to see this magical light show, you need to be equally hearty -... Read More

Alaska’s Glaciers On Parade

Alaska’s glaciers are massive and majestic, bright white and deep blue, icy cold and oh so cool, and truly must be seen to be believed. Fortunately, Alaska visitors have plenty of opportunities to see, and even touch, them – there are around 100,000 glaciers in Alaska and more than 600 are big or popular enough to have official names. Whether you... Read More

Traveling to Alaska’s Arctic Circle

Far beyond Alaska's main highways and its largest communities, Alaska's Arctic region is a vast, mostly undeveloped land. Herds of caribou numbering in the thousands migrate across the tundra and residents of Alaska Native villages live life much as they did hundreds of years ago. Arctic tours take visitors off the beaten path to experience this beautiful and rugged region... Read More

The Top 10 “Best of Alaska” Tours

We've conducted an informal survey of Alaska visitors (based on our guests) to get their "best of Alaska" top-rated tours. Here's what they had to say are their top 10 Alaska travel experiences: #1: Go Bear Viewing Drink in the sight of big bears catching, and dining on, salmon at Katmai National Park while you stand safely just a few feet away.... Read More

The “Official” Alaska Local’s Bucket List

The Alaska Bucket List: Top 10 "Must Sees" in the Last Frontier From A Local's Perspective With so many distinct regions in Alaska and such a variety of available outdoor activities, it is hard to narrow down a Top 10 list for the 49th and largest U.S. state. Many of Alaska’s traditions are popular, among them dog sledding, ATVing, zip lining, kayaking... Read More

“Can’t Miss” Alaska Winter Events for Visitors

Many communities throughout Alaska host signature winter events for visitors and locals to keep the long winter Alaskan months interesting and enjoyable.  And every year, Alaskans look forward to these winter celebrations which draw audiences from around the world.  Here are some “can’t miss” Alaska Winter events for visitors vacationing in the land of the Midnight Sun. Talkeetna Winterfest  Talkeetna is a... Read More

How Far In Advance Should I Plan My Alaska Vacation?

We've been asked just about EVERY question on how to get the most out of your trip to Alaska. One of the most frequently asked questions is "how far in advance should I start planning my Alaska vacation?" Alaska has a short peak travel season. With about 80% of Alaska visitors traveling to Alaska between June and August, hotel space fills... Read More

How to Fall in Love In (and With) Alaska: Romantic Getaways

If you are looking for a unique romantic getaway, put Alaska at the top of your list. Anchorage is just a 3-hour flight from Seattle or a 5-hour flight from Chicago. Why not plan the ultimate escape for just the two of you and fly to Alaska for your next romantic vacation, wedding anniversary or weekend getaway? Or... Read More

3 Things You Won’t Believe About Alaska’s Iditarod

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is the world’s longest dogsledding race, extending over 1000 miles through some of the roughest and wildest country in Alaska.   The first Iditarod race was held in 1973 to honor the long history and tradition of dog mushing in Alaska.  Before trucks and planes, dog teams were used in Alaska to transport goods, deliver mail,... Read More

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Visited Alaska

Planning a trip to Alaska can be overwhelming for people when they are in the earliest planning stages.  To simplify your planning, we’ve compiled this list of the top 5 things that are frequently the most surprising to first time Alaska visitors.  Hopefully these will help you make the most out of your time in our unique and welcoming home. #1:... Read More