Alaska Holidays & Travel Facts

Alaska, otherwise known as the 'Last Frontier', is the largest state of the USA. Famed for its breathtaking scenery and abundance of wildlife, this vast land offers nature lovers some unique opportunities. With such great distances involved when travelling in Alaska, make sure you allow plenty of time to explore!

  • Prince William Sound
  • Admirality Island
  • Chenega Glacier

Overview for Alaska

Rugged charm, unforgettable scenery and wide open spaces can be used to describe this remote part of the world. Alaska can be explored either by coach, rail, car, sea or air and is easily combined with travel in Canada. 

Every day offers an unforgettable memory from bear viewing, a mother moose and calf sighting, majestic glaciers and mountains to view and explore. Meet unique native cultures that offer the opportunity to view totem carvings, native dancing and traditional music, or  for the more adventurous, kayak through a sea of icebergs and seals around the coasts or relax with a spot of fishing. 

 

Best Time to Travel

Summer is the best time to visit unless you are travelling to view the shimmering northern lights. The Interior summer can reach up to 30 degrees. The Southern regions will average 13-21 degrees and it’s always recommended to bring a rain coat and some warm clothes. 

Getting Around

Alaska is a sparsely populated place and distances can be large. The best way to see this amazing countryside is by organied tour. The itineraries we offer are carefully crafted to ensure you get the most out of your journey, without any disruptions or un-necessary delays. For those who love the freedom of the open road, our self-drive itineraries take all the hassle out of planning a driving holiday. Our self-drive packages include car hire, pre booked accommodation and sightseeing, leaving you free to explore this vast land.
 

Top Highlights


The Inside Passage:

Most visitors to Alaska will cruise through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay to view the abundance of wildlife on the water and on land - like whales, orcas, porpoise, seals, sea lions, otters, bears, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, goats and wild sheep.

Ketchikan is one of Alaska’s southern most ports of call for most cruise ships. Visit the Totem Heritage Centre to see the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

Sitka was the Russian capital of Alaska from 1808 to 1867 and is home to St Michael’s Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House. Throughout the town, there are reminders of its Russian heritage.

Juneau is Alaska’s capital and is visited by many cruise itineraries. Local attractions include St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, the famed Red Dog Saloon and the world’s only suburban glacier - Mendenhall. Boat tours provide access to Tracy Arm Fjords, where the glaciers descend as much at 1,000 feet below the water’s surface. Admiralty Island National Monument shelters the densest brown bear population in Alaska’s Inside Passage and has the highest concentration of nesting bald eagles on the continent.

Skagway recalls the days of 1898, when 20,000 prospectors passed through town in search of Klondike gold. The town preserves its gold rush feel with wooden boardwalks and false-fronted buildings. Take an excursion on the vintage railcars of the White Pass & Yukon Route, one of the world’s most scenic mountain railways.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve:

Sixteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters. When cruising on a small ship, you are able to go where large ships cannot: small bays, arms and towns. Small ships operate on a far more casual itinerary taking time to get right up to glaciers and stopping for wildlife viewing, as and when it appears. See this awe-inspiring destination on the Best of Glacier Bay package.

Anchorage:

From Anchorage there are plenty of opportunities to get out in the wilderness with flight-seeing over glaciers, fishing, and glacier cruises in Prince William Sound.
Prince William Sound encompasses 15,000 square miles of protected waterway, islands, fjords and about 2,000 glaciers. The region also offers ocean habitat for whales, porpoise, sea otters, sea lions and seals. Deer, bears, goats and sheep inhabit the mainland. The Essential Anchorage package offers a flexible itinerary for those wanting to explore the area.

Fairbanks and the Northern Lights:

Alaska’s second-largest city is often described as ‘extremely Alaska’ with its enormous amount of log cabins, husky dogs, rugged people, extremely cold winters and long summer days.

People come from around the world to view Alaska’s northern lights, the ‘Aurora Borealis’. One of nature’s most inspiring sights, the northern lights appear most often on cold, clear nights from late September through April. One of the best ways to see these curtains of light is on the Alaska Winterland tour.

Mt McKinley and Denali National Park and Preserve:

Towering 6,194 meters above seal level, Mt McKinley offers many recreational opportunities include hiking, rock and ice climbing, photography and wildlife viewing, nature walks, horseback treks and sled dog demonstrations. The Urban and Wilderness tour, staying at the Denali Backcountry Lodge is a great way to explore this rugged wilderness.


Arctic Circle:

For many visitors to Alaska, crossing the Arctic Circle is the most memorable moment of the journey. The Inupiat Eskimo community of Barrow is the northernmost settlement in America, and home to one of the largest Eskimo communities. This far north, the summer sun doesn’t set for 82 days, shining from approximately May 10th to August 2nd. Two hundred miles east of Barrow is Prudhoe Bay, home of the largest oil field in North America. Barrow can be visited as a full day excursion from Fairbanks or as an extension to the Arctic Ocean Adventure