Stories from Alaska

An insider's journey through Alaska's best kept secrets

There’s nothing quite as powerful as a good story. If you’re planning a vacation to Alaska, this is a great place to get inspiration and ideas. From travel tips to insider perspectives, from wildlife facts to photos and videos, you’ll begin to see why Alaska will be one of your favorite destinations to visit – for years to come.

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

At Alaska Tours, over our 30+ year history, we’ve 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

Tasty Treats: Enjoy Traditional Alaska Native Foods

Centuries before planes, freighters and friends brought favorite American foods north to Alaska, Alaska’s Native people led lifestyles of subsistence and survival. Traditional patterns of hunting, harvesting, fishing and foraging followed the waxing and waning Alaska sun and changing seasons. Despite the emergence of easy-to-eat and prepare, convenience-oriented fast food in Alaska, traditional Native Alaskan foods are still part of Alaska’s... 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