How to Plan the Best Alaska Summer Trip (Bonus: Video Tour!)

If Alaska is on your bucket list and you’re wondering, “How do I plan a trip to Alaska?” then our team at Travel N Relax is here to help. We’ve teamed up with Tia Froehle, the tourism sales manager at Visit Anchorage, to answer some of your biggest questions and give you a preview of what to expect.

You already know that Alaska is big, beautiful, and filled with adventure. But did you know it has something for everyone? There’s so much to see and do, from the wilderness to the urban offerings and cultural attractions.

Tia is a lifelong Alaskan who likes to play in her beloved state as much as she likes to talk about it. Check out our “Alaska Tour” video to dive deeper into how to make your perfect plan for a summer vacation in Alaska, starting with Anchorage as your base camp.

Here are a few tips for traveling to Anchorage, AK

What airport do you fly into Alaska?

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the biggest airport located in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage, AK, is very close to great tourist destinations and has a lot to offer. Simply flying in is an amazing experience because you see the beautiful mountain ranges from up top.

Flight options and prices depend on the season, but more airlines now offer nonstop flights from Denver, CO to Anchorage, AK. This makes airfare more competitive than ever before.

What is there to do in Anchorage?

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with so much to offer. There are many day trips to take if you use Anchorage as your starting point. The city itself is exciting with the perfect balance of urban living and nature. It has all the amenities of a city (great hotels, dining options, attractions) and is surrounded by the beautiful wilderness.

During the day (and there’s lots of it with the long daylight hours during the summer), there are outdoor concerts, fairs, festivals, and markets. Anchorage.net has a calendar of events showing upcoming activities each day.

As for the wild side of Anchorage, there are award-winning trails close by. Alaska is made to be enjoyed outdoors, and the trails range from mild to more wild. There are over 200 parks in and around the Anchorage area, and there’s something for everyone with options ranging from paved to wilderness trails. Walk, hike, bike, and more.

What tourist attractions are open in Alaska?

Different seasons have different things to do. Visit Anchorage runs a visitor center, an iconic log cabin located downtown at 546 W 4th Ave. The staff here can recommend the best places to see, delicious restaurants to visit, and more. It’s also the hub for all shuttles and day tours.

While you’re here, be sure to buy a postcard and the staff will mail it for you. Send your friends or family a “Greetings from Alaska” postcard and share your memories.

What are the top things to do in Alaska?

The ultimate Alaskan vacation depends on what you like to do. So first, decide how long you’ll be traveling for and which regions you’d like to see.

Alaska is open year-round for visitors, and seasonal activities include hiking, sightseeing, glacier touring, fishing, and so much more. With cruises filling up quickly and not ideal for every visitor, there are many day trip options starting from Anchorage, AK.

You can take a train and get off at different locations to experience authentic Alaska. From laidback to quirky towns, there’s a lot to see and do. The experience can be as unique as you want it to be, and we’ll help make it your own.

Anchorage, AK is a great starting point for your trip, and train travel makes it easy to get around. You can also rent a car or book a seaplane experience if you’re feeling super adventurous. Explore Denali National Park, Alyeska Resort, Kenai Fjords, and so much more.

When is the best time to see the northern lights in Alaska?

The best months to see the northern lights in Alaska are September and March. This is because these months have the clearest days for witnessing the aurora borealis.

In the next 5 years, aurora activity increases, and you have a high probability of checking the northern lights off your bucket list. Alaska is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights, and with nonstop flights from Denver, your dream Alaska vacation is closer than ever before!

Travel to Alaska from Denver, CO

At Travel N Relax, Denver CO’s leading travel agency, we help create your perfect vacation. Our close relationship with Visit Anchorage keeps us up-to-date on the best things to do along with the best seasonal offers.

We’re a full-service travel advisor and build customized experiences for families, groups, and couples. So whether you’re planning a summer vacation to Alaska or travel during the fall, winter, or spring, our travel agents are here to help.

Travel with confidence with Travel N Relax. We offer family travel, group travel, adventure and active travel, ocean cruises, and more.

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Alaska Awaits

If picturesque coastal mountains, gleaming glaciers, marvelous wildlife, hot natural wonders, and culture-rich lands sound like a place you’d like to explore then we’ve got the place for you, Alaska. The wonders of Alaska are just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended), half the fun is just in getting there.

There are many ways to experience Alaska, but nothing compares to the up close and personal experience that you can have when traveling via an Alaskan cruise ship. Making your way to the land upon a beautiful ship with crisp 360 views is unlike anything else.

Although COVID caused an abrupt pause to the cruise ship industry (and all of our lives) cruises have now been given the green light to resume travel in 2021. If an Alaskan cruise is not on your bucket list, we recommend that you add it today. Passengers upon any cruise ship can expect new and enhanced COVID-19 protocols for cautious and confident cruising.

Alaskan cruises are one of the most captivating experiences you can have. While all cruise ships can be enjoyable and each offers distinct values, the Alaskan cruises are unparalleled.

Onboard an Alaskan cruise the simple act of observing the majestic mountain and glacier scenery from the comfort of your room, the deck, or while you enjoy an exquisite dinner is enough to leave you in awe and with your jaw on the floor. However, Alaskan cruises have so much more to offer than just a mesmerizing landscape.

There are many cruise lines to select from and all have an assortment of entertainment and activities for all ages so you’ll get to spend your day just as you wish while you voyage to your destination.

Whether you are an adventurer, seeking luxury, a foodie, a sightseer, a trailblazer or even a lovebird on your honeymoon the options available to tailor your perfect trip are endless. You can select from varying itineraries, adventures, and ports of calls.  Once the perfect trip is selected, the only thing to figure out is what to pack.

Packing for a cruise can be a tricky endeavor, but packing for an Alaskan cruise can be a bit more complex due to the range of temperatures that one can encounter within a single day. You will want to make sure to pack all of your essentials and include plenty of comfy and warm clothes that you can casually wear while onboard. Dinner attire will also be necessary and the dining rooms typically call for business casual or cocktail wear. Some staple items should be pieces that you can easily layer, such as a warm vest, a light jacket, and a windbreaker. Those items can easily transition from ship to land and from casual sightseeing to zooming from a zipline. For those who book an action-packed adventure on land, a pair of waterproof hiking boots would also be ideal.  Last but certainly not least, make sure to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen! “A bathing suit?” you ask, yes! Not only do cruise ships offer amazing heated pools but, Alaska also has an abundance of natural hot springs. Hot springs in Alaska sound ironic, but that’s just one of the many surprises this grand land has to offer.

Hot springs are natural pools filled with geothermal mineral waters that are heated by the earth’s crust. They are essentially natural forming hot tubs that you can dip into while surrounded by striking views. How cool is that?!?

There are many hot springs are scattered throughout Alaska, but the most popular is The Chena Hot Springs which is a located approximately 55 miles northeast of Fairbanks. The ride to Chena is known for its beautiful wildlife sightings and moose so it’s recommended to key your eyes peeled so you don’t miss their beauty. The Chena Hot Springs Resort is home to an awesome ice museum and an Instagram-worthy bar where they use glass carved cocktail glasses and is adorned with unbelievable ice chandeliers.

One of the reasons that cruises are so popular is because it gives the feeling of more than one vacation rolled into one.  The cruise ship vacation and the land exploration vacation. However, because of the vast options that Alaska offers it’s like you’re rolling many vacations into one, the options are endless and most of the experiences are unique to Alaska.

Adventure in Alaska awaits. Contact our Denver travel agency to speak with a representative and let them tailor the perfect trip for you. You won’t regret it.