Budget Alaska Travel

Q: When is the least expensive time to take a land tour?

A: The Alaska summer travel season begins mid May and ends mid September. Travel in Alaska is always less expensive in May and September. Prices for hotels tend to go up starting June 1 and peak prices continue through August 31. Keep in mind that the travel season ends around September 15th and all services and activities may not be available leading up to the close of the season.

When to visit Alaska

Q: We were planning to come in March but everything I see online talks about the summer months. What time of the year is the best time to come?

A: The most popular time of year to come to Alaska is during the summer travel season from mid May to mid September. We specialize in summer travel to Alaska. Check out our blog on what each month has to offer.

For winter travel information check with the Anchorage and Fairbanks visitors sites and the Northern Alaska tour company website.

Alaska Bear Viewing Day Trips

Q: Do you offer any bear viewing day trips?

A: We do offer two very unique and wonderful bear viewing trips. Depending on when you plan to arrive into the Anchorage area, the dates of said tours will vary. If you plan to arrive between June 15th and July 31st we offer the Redoubt bear viewing flight, which does have a morning and an afternoon departure time. If you are traveling between August 1st and September 15th we recommend the Lake Clark bear viewing flight.

Road to Exit Glacier

Q: Is the road to Exit Glacier open yet for travel so that we can hike up to the glacier?

A: The road to Exit Glacier is currently closed for cars until May 25th. The Park Service does not maintain the road in the winter months(snow plowing) so it is difficult to get there by car. Depending on the snow fall for the season the road may be open but the trail may still be covered in snow making for a difficult hike. Please Visit Kenai Fjords National Park site on Exit Glacier as well as a company that provides snow coaches to the glacier as a tour.

Alaska Camping Tours

Q: Do you offer guided camping tours?

A: Camping tours are not something that we offer at Alaska Tour & Travel. We focus on customized vacation packages that include transportation, hotels and tours. Alaska Alpine Adventures offers a variety of hiking and camping tours in Alaska.

Talkeetna in April

Q: Is the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge open April 29? Is flight seeing available then?

A: I’m sorry the lodge is closed until May 20th but flight seeing is available in Talkeetna year around. We highly recommend K2 Aviation. You can easily drive to Talkeetna for the day and return to Anchorage after the flight. Another option would be to check on Talkeetna area bed & breakfasts to see if they are open in April.

Northern Lights Viewing in Fairbanks

Q: I will be flying into Fairbanks in March. I want to rent a car and drive outside the city to watch the Northern Lights. How far do I need to drive and what is the best road to take so I can pull off and watch them? Are there designated viewing areas?

A: There aren’t any “designated” viewing areas. The key to finding a good location is to find a place where lights from Fairbanks aren’t affecting the darkness of the sky above you. There are many areas in the Fairbanks area which are good viewing areas…assuming the Northern Lights are out. Another suggestion is to find an area which sits up a little higher than the lights from the city such as the Birch Hill Recreation Area. Better yet, ask the hotel where you are staying at for their suggestions. Many of the hotels will also wake you up when the Northern Lights are out.

Here are a couple blogs we did on the Northern Lights and Fairbanks that you may find useful: Alaska’s Northern Lights and A Winter Visit to Fairbanks.

Transportation Options in October

Q: What transportation options are available within Alaska in October?

A: The best form of transportation in Alaska during the month of October would be rental car. The daily train and bus services stop operating in mid September so a car will be your only option throughout Southcentral Alaska. Flights are available between Anchorage and Fairbanks and some smaller Alaskan communities.

Fishing in Denali

Q: We are staying in Denali. Is there inexpensive fishing there? At Wonder Lake?

A: For a local guide outfit at Denali Park I would suggest contacting Denali Fly Fishing Guides. They offer fishing in several fresh water lakes and tributaries near Denali. Fishing isn’t offered at Wonder Lake or anywhere within the National Park. All the fishing in the Denali area would be for species of Trout. If you are interested in Salmon fishing I would recommend the Talkeetna area which is a few hours south of Denali Park.

Copper River Fishing

Q: I would like to fish on the Copper River for silver salmon. Do I need a guide?

A: The Copper River is great for fishing. Without knowing the area I would encourage you to hire a guide service. It can be a dangerous river due to the swift current and some of the best fishing areas are not accessible by car. Having a boat is a more desirable way to access excellent fishing grounds. We recommend Alaska River Wranglers.

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