Alaska is big, beautiful and a trip of a lifetime. Yes it is expensive as it is remote. Alaska can be visited in lots of styles from the big cruise liners to overland expeditions and small ship cruise to the Alaska Marine Highway (the local ferry system).

So much to see – the grandeur and breathtaking scenery: Mt McKinley, glaciers , Katmai National Park, Denali national park. The wildlife – bears, whales, caribou, moose and eagles to mention a few.

There are lots of activities from hiking, mushing, kayaking, leisurely cruising, fishing and just taking it all in. Alaska provides something for every type of traveller.

The problem is how to choose what you want to see. This will be dictated by time, budget and style of travel.

Seasonal Travel

Peak Season in Alaska is mid-May to Mid September. The days are longest and the temperature warmest.

Shoulder Season is early May, late September and October . There are fewer visitors and the weather can vary.

Winter is the time to see the Northern lights, go skiing, watch ice carving and sled dog competitions.


An endless list!!

Alaksa Marine Highway. This is the state-owned ferry system and it provides year round transport for many Alaskan communities. You can travel on this as a tourist with or without a vehicle. You need to study the schedule carefully to take advantage of the stops.

Cruises. Many large cruise companies do the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska from May to September. This is an easier way to travel. It is convenient and you only unpack once.

Small Ship Expeditions. These are small ships usually accommodating 30-50 passengers. They give you access to the wildlife rich shores and experience the glaciers up close and personal. They are not the cheapest option but they are comfortable and provide a unique experience.

The Alaska Highway is a year round road. You can either do a coach holiday or self drive or get a tailor made itinerary for your group.

A good holiday will probably combine a few of these. Places to visit include Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city and has an excellent Native Heritage Centre. Denali National Park is one of Alaska’s highlights, scenically and has a variety of wildlife. Seaward provides opportunities to see Kenai Fjords National Park with its abundant marine wildlife and amazing glaciers.

You can have a glimpse of the goldrushes at Dawson city and continue to Whitehorse. There are river floats in Chilkat that will give you a view of the Eagles and the salmon swimming upstream. Maybe you can spot a bear catching a salmon!

Many of the expedition cruises depart Jueau and from her do the awe inspiring Cruise down the Inside Passage . There are many routes that the ships can take. But there is no doubt that his is a once in a life time experience so it is important to choose the type of cruise you will enjoy!