With its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, Alaska is a dream destination for many travelers. Whether you prefer to travel by air, car, or sea, there are several options to choose from when planning a trip to Alaska.
Traveling to Alaska via Airlines
Most of our guests at our Kenai River Lodge choose to fly to the Last Frontier. Flying to Alaska is the most popular and convenient way to reach the state. Alaska Airlines is the primary airline that serves Alaska and offers flights to many destinations in the state, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan.
The flight to Alaska can take several hours, depending on your departure city. Most flights to Alaska include a layover, usually in Seattle or Portland. During the flight, you’ll get a chance to see some incredible views, including mountains, glaciers, and fjords.
Once you arrive in Alaska, rent a car, take a bus or shuttle, or join a guided tour to explore the state’s many attractions.
Traveling to Alaska via the Alaska Canada Highway
Another popular way to reach Alaska is via the Alaska Canada Highway, also known as the Alcan. This 1,387-mile-long highway starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and ends in Delta Junction, Alaska.
The Alaska Canada Highway offers travelers the chance to see some of the most stunning scenery in North America, including the Canadian Rockies, glaciers, and wildlife. However, it’s important to note that the highway is only open from mid-May to mid-September, and road conditions can be challenging.
If you decide to drive the Alaska Canada Highway, be sure to bring a map, plenty of food and water, and extra supplies, as services can be scarce along the route. Here is a link to the Alaska Milepost a MUST if you’re driving to Alaska!
Cruising to Alaska
Cruising to Alaska is a popular way to see the state’s coastline and glaciers. Many major cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line, offer cruises to Alaska from Seattle, Vancouver, and other cities.
Cruises to Alaska typically last seven to ten days and include stops in cities such as Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. During the cruise, you’ll get a chance to see some of Alaska’s most famous natural wonders, including the glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage.
Cruising to Alaska is a great option for travelers who want to see the state’s highlights without the hassle of driving or navigating public transportation.
Traveling via the Alaska Marine Highway System
The Alaska Marine Highway System is an excellent option for travelers who prefer to see Alaska by sea. This ferry system, operated by the state of Alaska, offers ferry service to more than 30 communities throughout the state, including Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is an affordable way to see the state’s coastline and visit some of its most remote communities. The ferries have cabins, restaurants, and other amenities, making them comfortable and convenient for travelers.
No matter how you travel to Alaska, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Whether you fly, drive, cruise, or take the ferry, Alaska’s breathtaking scenery, fascinating wildlife, and friendly communities will make your trip one to remember. If you need help planning your next Alaska adventure be sure to reach out to us for lodging and fishing needs while you’re in the Last Frontier!
More information can also be found at the State of Alaska Tourism Offices’ website here.