A State in the United States of America, which was bought for 2 cents an acre (7.2 USD) from Russia in the year 1867, Alaska has produced myriad wealth for the travellers in the form of Eskimo ice cream, grizzly bear sightings, long stories of gold rush men and renowned bush pilots, and never – ending, immaculate wilderness.
Alaska may sound enigmatic to any traveller if he/she is not blessed with unprocessed sensibility similar to John McPhee. Spread over 596, 412 square miles, Alaska is by far the largest state in the US and the area is twice that of the Texas. 20,320 feet height snow enveloped Mount Mckinley is the highest peak in North America. The magnificent and huge Bering Glacier is the one of the largest glaciers in the North American continent. Many native cultures survive in Alaska and some of which are the Aleut, Eskimo, and Tlingit. This article outlines some basic tips on where to stay, ideal time for visiting, how to get around and what the five regions of Alaska has to offer.
Since Alaska is a widely spread and wild state, transportation is a bit tricky here. Most of the places, including the state capital, Juneau are not well-connected to the outside places through roads. The only mode of transportation available is either by plane or boat. Hence careful planning of transportation is of paramount importance especially with regard to travel times for the distances between parks and towns can be nerve-racking. The peak season in Alaska is from May till September when temperature is around 60°F and the prices are at their peaks.
On an average, it takes 3 hours 30 minutes from Seattle to Anchorage by flight. Travel time to other location depends on the choice of route since, it has to be routed through other cities. The flagship carrier of Alaska is the Alaska Airlines and it offers round – the – year services from its hub, Seattle to Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Faribanks, and Sitka. Most of the low – fare flights depart from anchorage at around 1 am, make sure to be present in the airport on the right day when flying shortly after midnight. Some of the other airlines that fly to and fro the Lower 48 comprises of Delta, American, JetBlue, Frontier, US Airways and United.
Since Alaska is one of the off – beaten locations, the state historically has been an expensive travel destination. Since most of the areas are accessible only by air or water including the state capital, discount stores are present only in the remote parts of Alaska. Hence careful planning for food is essential to keep the expenses for food well within the budget.
For a particular kind of travellers, package tours is ideal since, eliminates few guesswork and headaches from logistics, which is a common thing in any self – planned tour. For the remaining folks, the 49th state pleads to unravel its beauty without the need of an itinerary. Many cruise lines provide cruise tours that combine the comfort of a cruise – ship journey with inland forays to luxury lodges.