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.
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