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Alaska Travel Tips
Be aware of the time zone difference
Depending on where you’re traveling from, the time difference in Alaska can be significant. Alaska is a four hour difference from EST, whether you’re in Nome (on the state’s Western side) or Juneau (on the state’s Eastern side). Alaska’s time zone is known as Alaska Daylight Time.
Try to see at least one of Alaska’s 8 National Parks
Alaska is home to some of the craziest national parks in the country. Denali and Katmai are two of the most notable parks, in which you can see some fascinating wildlife and iconic scenery. Note that traveling to Alaska’s national parks can be time consuming and might require a plane or boat ride. However, these can be fun and entertaining ways to see more of the state.
Utilize grocery stores and markets
While you should definitely indulge in some of Alaska’s mouthwatering seafood restaurants, it can be pricey and challenging to eat out for every meal. Make sure to stock up on groceries for meals and snacks wherever you stay, and bring extra food on the road as well.
Make sure to include the coast, mountains, and inland in your itinerary
Most coastal locations in Alaska like Kodiak and Juneau are decorated with glistening mountains and glaciers, while the inland consists of big lakes and pretty fields.
The best time to visit
Most travelers prefer to visit Alaska during late spring and summer, typically anywhere between April – September. If you’re not acclimated to the cold or live somewhere that maintains a warm climate, these are likely to be the most comfortable months to visit. However, if the frigid cold doesn’t bother you too much, Alaska can be breathtakingly beautiful in the winter (the North Pole is located here, after all!)
To get from one town to another, you’ll need a rental car, and may even be required to ride a seaplane or boat. This is why it’s important to plan ahead and know roughly where you’re headed. Ubers are not a commodity in Alaska, and many small towns don’t have a car rental service. With that said, you’ll have to retain a rental car from a city like Anchorage or Juneau, where there are International Airports. Other forms of transportation include trains, busses, and taxis.
Where to stay
There are some pretty impressive lodges in Alaska, many of which are situated among picturesque locations such as Denali National Park. You can also find a campsite pretty much anywhere, or set up base for yourself in a location that allows. Additionally, be sure to check AirBNB and VRBO for vacation rental options.
Where can I see the Northern Lights?
There are plenty of locations around the state where the Northern Lights appear. Some of the best areas to see the Northern Lights are Fairbanks, Juneau, Denali National Park, Barrow, and Nome.
How much time should I spend in Alaska?
Most travelers stay anywhere between 7-10 days on average in Alaska. Since Alaska is such a vast state, it’s recommended that you carve out enough time to see major attractions, cities, towns, and other areas.