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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Most Alaska visitors eventually land in Anchorage at either the start or finale (but sometimes midway) as part of their Alaska tour itinerary. But do you know how best to spend your time in Anchorage and the 5 best things to do there? Here are our top 5 picks for a visit to Anchorage: #1: Visit Seward via the Alaska Railroad By far... Read More

Was your 2021 Alaska cruise just cancelled by your cruise company? With Transport Canada’s February 2021 announcement banning large cruise ships (100+ passengers) bound for Alaska from operating in Canadian waters and docking in Canada until February 2022, many people are wondering whether they will be able to cruise to Alaska this summer. Even if you are not able to sail... Read More

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s largest national wildlife refuge and Alaska at its wildest, rawest, most remote and adventurous. Better known to most by its acronym ANWR (pronounced ann-wahr), the refuge is more than 19 million acres of largely untarnished and incredibly diverse land in the northeast corner of Alaska’s Arctic. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge features miles... Read More

As we begin to travel again to Alaska in 2021 (or begin planning future travel), it is important to be aware of steps being implemented by the travel industry to keep us as safe as possible while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, these practices will continue to evolve as information about the incidence... Read More

Every new year, nothing brings more enjoyment than dreaming about your next big trip. As 2020 draws to a close, this couldn't be more real as the vast majority of our 2020 travel became one big "cancel that". But the sun is on the horizon for 2021! Here are five great reasons why traveling to Alaska should be at the top... Read More

When visiting Alaska, some of this state's many highlights stand out loud and clear, for example Alaska's many national parks and abundant and diverse wildlife. However, there is so much more to see and do when planning a vacation in Alaska! We've assembled an insider's list of some of the more unusual and fascinating Alaska attractions to include in your... Read More

Winter in Alaska is an exceptionally noteworthy experience. As temperatures drop and daylight dwindles to just a few hours a day, out of the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, a green glow begins to blanket evening-to-morning landscapes. Large ribbons of light materialize in the sky, stretching across the horizon and reaching high into the atmosphere. These celestial displays move slowly at... Read More

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

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

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