Important Things To Know Before Traveling To Alaska

Most people dream of one day being able to visit Alaska. It is such a unique place with its snow-capped mountains and vast, white glaciers. Whether you plan on visiting Anchorage or spending time in multiple villages, there are a few key things you should know before traveling to the Great White North.

1. The cities and towns are really spread out

In most of the U.S., you can hop on the highway and be in a different city or town within minutes. This is not true in Alaska. Cities and towns can be hours apart, and in between these settlements, there's almost nothing, other than roads. For example, Anchorage and Denali Park are 236 miles apart — that's about a 4-hour drive. Fairbanks and Anchorage are 358 miles apart. Since driving these long distances alone can be dangerous, due to the remote nature of the often-icy highways, the best way to see multiple cities in Alaska is often to book a pre-planned vacation package and travel with a group.

2. Traveling in Alaska is expensive

It's really hard to plan a budget vacation in Alaska. Not only is it expensive to fly to and from the state, but the cost of activities is high. Food and gas are also expensive. This is mostly because everything has to be shipped in from out of state. If your funds are limited, you may want to wait and save a little more before traveling to Alaska. The best way to book without any cost surprises is, again, to book a vacation package. You may have to pay for some additional things, like meals, but at least with a vacation package, all of your transportation and accommodations will be paid for up-front so you're not surprised by a $500 bus ride on day 3.

3. It does get warm

Alaska does have four seasons. The temperatures in those four seasons are simply lower than what you're probably used to. In the summer months, it can sometimes get up into the 50s, although 40s are more common. Summer is the most popular time to travel in Alaska, so prices will be higher during this season. Winter also comes with high prices since people want to see Alaska at its snowiest. If you're looking to keep costs lower, spring and fall tend to be more affordable.

Now that you know a little more about traveling to Alaska, you should come across fewer surprises when booking and enjoying your vacation. The snowy tundra is something everyone should see at least once in their life.

If you're interested in an Alaska vacation package, reach out to a local travel agent.