We love travel and also appreciate being informed about where we’re going and what to expect while there. Below are a handful of our favorite links with information about Alaska travel, as well as recommendations for things to do when visiting various towns or regions of our state.
Alaska’s official state tourism organization is the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Anchorage has a Convention and Visitors Bureau with information about fun and interesting things to do in Anchorage. Our friends at alaska.org have a comprehensive site about travel to Alaska, full of great information and resources to help you plan your Alaskan vacation!
Alaska/General Travel Links
Weather: Check out the National Weather Service’s Alaska Weather page.
Packing List and Recommended Retailers: View our packing list and feel free to call us (800.334.8730) if you have specific questions about what to bring. A couple of our favorite clothing/gear companies include:
- Patagonia: (800.638.6464) www.patagonia.com
- L.L. Bean: (800.441.5713) www.llbean.com
- REI: (800.426.4840) www.rei.com
- Sierra Designs: (800.635.0461) www.sierradesigns.com
- Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS): (888.463.6367) www.ems.com
- Outdoor Research: (888.467.4327) www.orgear.com
News: The Anchorage Daily News is our local newspaper.
Other Travel Links:
- Sustainable Travel International: The global source for uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel.
- The International Ecotourism Society: Promoting responsible travel, supporting sustainable development and helping travelers and operators protect the cultures and environments they visit.
- Lindblad Expeditions: Offering adventurous travel packages on small cruise ships to a variety of destinations.
- Conde Nast Travel: Travel guides, hotel reviews, vacation ideas, and trip-planning tools from Conde Nast.
- National Geographic Expeditions: Exploring some of the world’s most intriguing spots.
- Green Concierge Travel: Specializing in ecotravel and ecotourism.
- Adventure Travel Tips: Adventure travel tips & international adventure travel directory.
Travelocity.com, Expedia.com and Orbitz.com are also good places to look for airfare. If you’re looking for an air taxi or “Bush Pilot” (as they’re locally known), we recommend Kantishna Air Taxi, K2 Air and Talkeetna Air Taxi.
Museums and Cultural Centers
Alaska Native Heritage Center: The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s first people. Explore the rich heritage of Alaska’s eleven cultural groups, drawing upon the ways of life of long ago, the wisdom of the elders and the traditions that endure.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art: A world-class museum located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city.
KNBA: Native American radio, news and music.
MotoQuest: For over a decade MotoQuest has provided a variety of guided Alaska motorcycle tours (and riding adventures to Alaska!) which range from relaxed all-paved itineraries to adventurous off-the-beaten-track excursions.
Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures: Year-round horseback riding adventures. Offers full- and half-day trail rides, as well as carriage and sleigh rides. Pan for gold or take a mid-day break for some grayling fishing.
Kenai Riverside Lodge: Stay in a cabin only steps away from the Kenai River! Offers a perfect balance of unique accommodations, excellent food and choice of activities.
Kenai River Rafting and Fishing Day Trips
Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park
Alaska SeaLife Center: The Alaska SeaLife Center is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The Center’s research facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska.
Exit Glacier: Located just 15 minutes outside of Seward, Exit Glacier is the only glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park that is accessible by the road system. The lower trail is a gentle half-mile path leading to the face of the glacier, while the more challenging upper trail ascends to an overlook.
Historic Downtown Seward Shops & Restaurants: Stroll along the waterfront, indulge in freshly made saltwater taffy, browse art in a unique coffeehouse or ask any local the story of Mt. Marathon. Most shops and restaurants are concentrated around the boat harbor or “downtown” between 3rd and 5th Avenues.
These companies provide sea kayaking adventures in Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore Southcentral Alaska’s bays and fjords with experienced naturalist guides.
Sea Kayak Shuttle and Water Taxi
Weather Permitting: Your Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay water taxi and shuttle service provider: 907.224.8051.
Crackerjack Charters: This outfit uses state-of-the-art charter boats specifically designed for saltwater fishing in Alaska; an excellent choice for quality Seward fishing charters for halibut and lingcod.
Dog Sled Tours
Ididaride Sled Dog Tours: Experience dog mushing summer-style on a 2-mile wilderness dog sled ride. Learn what it takes to prepare both mushers and the dogs for the Iditarod. Cuddle adorable puppies.
Prince William Sound
Glacier and Wildlife Tours
Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours: Discover cascading waterfalls, spectacular glaciers and marine wildlife in Prince William Sound. Their experienced captains act as guides as you travel aboard their vessels complete with oversized windows and outside viewing decks. Daily departures from Valdez and Whittier.
Phillips Cruises and Tours: Phillips Cruises and Tours features the 26 Glacier Cruise in Prince William Sound, an incredible one day cruise from Anchorage and Whittier.
Alaska Sea Kayakers: Sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. They offer day tours, multi-day tours, and sea kayak rentals from their office in Whittier.
Girdwood, Portage and Hope
Portage Glacier Visitor Center: The first stop at Portage Glacier should be the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, which contains a number of exhibits as well as a highly acclaimed film about glaciers aptly named, “Voices From the Ice.”
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: A nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education, AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.
Chugach Outdoor Center: Sixmile Creek is a whitewater paradise just 60 miles from Anchorage. Dropping over 50 feet per mile as it flows out of the Chugach Mountains, Sixmile Creek has cut its way through three separate canyons to offer exciting Class IV & V whitewater.
Nova River Runners: NOVA River Runners has offered Alaska river rafting trips since 1975. Scenic and whitewater day trips near Anchorage, Kenai and the Matanuska Valley. Multi-day Alaskan wilderness raft adventures, fishing trips and glacier hikes are also available.
Sea Kayaking and Adventuring
Three Moose Kayak Adventures: Explore a remote glacier in Kachemak Bay State Park! Three Moose is a great outfitter in Homer offering sea and glacier kayaking as well as guided hiking; leave the crowds behind for an unforgettable wilderness experience.
Across The Bay Tent & Breakfast Adventure Co. in Seldovia: Dazzling sea kayaking, rugged or easy mountain biking, exhilarating hiking, soft adventure, great food, cushy tents and peaceful sleep.
Emerald Air Service: Their goal is to educate guests about Katmai National Park and the coastal brown bears that call this area home. Trips included guided expeditions, a self-guided Brooks Falls trip and flightseeing.
Talkeetna and Denali National Park
K2 Aviation: Explore Denali National Park on K2 Aviation’s Denali flightseeing tours and air taxi services from Talkeetna, Alaska.
Kantishna Air Taxi: This flying service can help make your travels safe and memorable in the state of Alaska. Through Kantishna Air Taxi, you can experience one of the most spectacular wilderness destinations on earth, Denali National Park.