A perfect mix of 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts in Alaska make for a ‘wild’ getaway, family vacation or honeymoon
Truly one of our Earth’s most untouched destinations. Alaska is home to magnificent mountains, glacier-carved valleys and sheer breath-taking coastlines. And that’s only the land formations! Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords give visitors a glimpse into unique fishing, sea kayaking and wildlife viewing experiences.
For those on family vacation or honeymoon who yearn for the more natural, outdoorsy side of Alaska, hiking, fishing and whale-watching should be on the top of any ‘to do’ list. Katmai National Park is a must to witness the great grizzly.
If you’d prefer luxury hotels in Alaska to the more rustic accommodations, there are choices galore. Five star hotels, luxury resorts and wilderness lodges pepper the region with some of the most beautiful properties imaginable.
If you’re a ‘cruiser,’ Alaska is one of the world’s best destinations for expedition and luxury cruises.
The perfect honeymoon for outdoor lovers
If you’re a couple seeking a naturally wild honeymoon, few destinations could top Alaska. Whether you’d prefer experiencing the beautiful surroundings of a Wilderness Lodges, or the extreme comfort of a Luxury Hotel or 5 Star Resort in Alaska, the entire area is a great way to escape the chaos of everyday life and reconnect with all things natural.
Alaska Tours and activities
Sightseeing in Alaska
Whether you’re a land or water lover, sightseeing in Alaska offers great variety for today’s traveler. Cruising through Glacier Bay to see the whales, otters and other wildlife or sea kayaking to get up close and personal with ‘calving’ glaciers, are just a couple of the water’s awe-inspiring experiences. On land, Alaska has some of the most breath-taking vistas on Earth, including Denali (Mt. McKinley). Be sure to watch for the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky much of the year.
Alaska Wildlife Viewing
Most travelers to Alaska are on a mission to take in the regions unique wildlife. Grizzly bears, black bears, moose, various deer, wolves, bald eagles, humpback whales and hundreds of other amazing species are viewed right within their original and undisturbed habitat.
Whale-watching in Alaska
A cruise through Glacier Bay and the College Fjords is a must if whale watching is on your Alaska vacation ‘to do’ list. Humpback, grey, fin, minke and orca whales are often spotted (depending on the season).
Fishing in Alaska
The bountiful waters in and around Alaska are world-class for the sport fisherman. The salt waters of southeast Alaska are home to all five species of salmon, halibut and many other prized Wild fighters. If freshwater fishing is more your style, the lakes of Alaska are home to almost every kind of trout. Fly fishermen take note: the coastal streams from Ketchikan to Cold Bay are plentiful, but chartering a float plane to a remote lake or stream can’t be beat.
Hiking in Alaska
Hikers of all ages and skill levels will enjoy the many trail systems Alaska has to offer. Some walking paths and trails snake through major communities, while others take you through physically challenging mountain paths.
Skiing in Alaska
Both downhill and cross-country skiing are popular among locals and travelers to Alaska. Most of the state’s downhill ski resorts are convenient to major metropolitan areas, but chartering a helicopter to reach remote slopes can be a treat for an avid skier or snowboarder. For those on family vacation in Alaska, Eaglecrest Ski Area (outside of Juneau) offers trails for all skill levels and is known for its spectacular mountain, glacier and ocean views.
Dog Mushing in Alaska
As the official state sport, dog mushing is one way to take in an authentic outdoor activity unique to Alaska. Kennels are located throughout the region and offer half-day and full-day trips. To watch the diehards, check out the world-renown Iditarod race, over 1,150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature can throw at the mushers and their dogs.
Alaska Culture and History
Alaska visitors can experience the area’s unique Native culture through its many festivals, heritage centers and historic museums. Be sure to learn about totem carving, Native dancing and many other local customs.
Shopping in Alaska
Alaska is known for many local shopping treasures for those vacationing there. Look for mukluks (Inuit boots made from sealskin and reindeer hide), smoked salmon, basketry, gold and jade jewelry, beadwork, silver bracelets with totemic designs, ivory and whalebone carvings, knitted clothing and other items representative of Alaska Native arts and crafts.
Dining in Alaska
Fresh seafood and fish is a must when dining in Alaska. Crab, shrimp, scallops, salmon, cod, oysters and halibut top the list. In major towns in Alaska, food is similar to that found in other US cities. Mexican, Greek, South Korean, Thai and other specialties can be found in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. However, the general rule of thumb is the farther away from these three cities you travel, the less ‘fussy’ the restaurant décor will be. Hundreds of dining treasures exist across the state, they just may be harder to find.
Alaska Good to Know
Although it’s part of the US, cost of living is quite high in Alaska. Most items have to be transported into the state, so prices in general may reflect it.
Alaska Fast Facts
Population of Alaska
Languages in Alaska
Primarily English. Nearly 20 Alaska Native languages and dialects are spoken in the villages. Russian is spoken on the Kenai Peninsula by the “Old Believers.”
Predominant Religions in Alaska
Christianity (Protestant and Roman Catholic), though most major religions are represented.
Time Zone in Alaska
Alaska Standard Time (AST). It’s 1 hour earlier than the US West Coast’s Pacific Time, 4 hours earlier than Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
Voltage Requirements in Alaska
110 volts AC
Currency in Alaska
Weather in Alaska
The weather varies greatly by region and season. The best rule of thumb is to dress in layers regardless of the region. Daylight hours also vary by region and season – 13 to 24 hours of sun is typical.
The state borders the northwest edge of Canada and is actually closer to Russia than it is to the rest of the US. The landscape is dramatic with nine major mountain ranges – encompassing 17 of the highest peaks in the US (including Mount McKinley, North America’s highest mountain). Alaska’s varied geography includes endless miles of tundra to sheer mountain walls, dense forested areas to the permafrost of the Arctic Circle.
Safety in Alaska
Alaska is generally a warm and welcoming state. However, just as in any location, keep valuables out of sight and don’t drink excessively and then wander the streets at night. Most safety issues in Alaska come from the wildlife, rather than the people. Be particularly cautious when you see moose and bears. Those vacationers trying to get the perfect photo may put themselves in harms way.
Alaska Fun Facts
- Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.Alaska is from an Aleut word meaning ‘great country’ or ‘what the sea breaks against.’
- Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
- The state account for 25% of the oil produced in the US.
- Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
- Alaska is a geographical marvel. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast.
- The state’s coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
- At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska’s interior, is the highest point in North America.
- The state’s largest city is Anchorage; the second largest is Fairbanks.
- The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
- The Alaska Highway was originally built as a military supply road during World War II.
- The term Alaska native refers to Alaska’s original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.
- Alaska has six times as many pilots per capita as any other US state.
- The Iditarod race started in 1973, establishing a course from Anchorage to Nome (1,000+ miles).
Alaska – Insider tip
Visitors to Denali must enter the park by shuttle/tour bus. Hop on an early morning bus to increase your odds of seeing the mountains without cloud cover – Jenny Mikkelson