Planning A Trip To Alaska? Advice From A Local Guide

Planning A Trip To Alaska

For many people, a trip to Alaska makes their short list of places to visit. The rugged wilderness of the American last frontier. The untamed wildlife. Snow-capped mountains and ancient glaciers. What’s not to love? Except for the mosquitos, of course. No one loves mosquitos.

How To Plan A Trip To Alaska?

Don’t leave anything to chance for a bucket list destination like Alaska. While a trip in the lower 48 United States can be experienced by “winging it” after you arrive, a trip to Alaska, the land of the midnight sun, is not that type of trip.

Talkeetna - One Of The Top Destinations In Alaska
Talkeetna – One Of The Top Destinations In Alaska

Traveling to Alaska requires a bit more planning. Will you take a cruise, travel by car, or ride the Alaska railroad? Go hiking off the beaten path, take a scheduled bus tour or a little bit of both? What sort of activities and excursions will you take once you get there? These are a few decisions that need to be made about when people visit the Alaskan wilderness.

Bear Viewing In Alaska
Bear Viewing In Alaska

Travel Tips To Plan Your Perfect Alaska Vacation

Travel By Cruise Ships Through Southeast Alaska

How do you usually like to travel? What is your idea of a great vacation? If you want to get away from daily chores like cooking and dishwashing, then planning a weeklong camping trip where you are cooking and washing dishes every day might not be for you. You might prefer a week-long Alaska cruise with meals served at your table and breathtaking scenery outside your window.

Luxury Glacier Cruise In Alaska
Luxury Glacier Cruise In Alaska

Take A Relaxing Day Trip In The Larger Cities

If you believe vacations are a time to sit back, relax and read a good book, then an extensive backpacking Alaska itinerary might not be for you. Perhaps time spent in a cabin or wilderness lodge might be more to your liking. You might consider staying in one of the larger cities with full-service hotels and taking sightseeing day trips. 

Sightseeing In Anchorage
Sightseeing In Anchorage

Plan Your Perfect Alaska Trip

For active travelers who don’t want to miss a single action-packed activity, a vacation in Alaska offers more to see and do than can be done in one trip. Prepare a list of activities in advance, and make reservations to avoid missing out.

Plan a trip you are excited about. A greater extension of your daily life, so you can return with fond memories. Don’t plan a trip that is more work than you want. You wouldn’t want to return home in need of another vacation.

Plan The Perfect Alaska Adventure And Return With Beautiful Memories
Plan The Perfect Alaska Adventure And Return With Beautiful Memories

Be Respectful Of The Weather At All Times

Why Do People Visit Alaska In Winter?

Alaska is beautiful all the time, but especially in the winter months. If you are visiting Alaska in winter, then you already know that weather is a big deal. Multiple layers of warm, breathable clothing, a heavy parka, and warm, weatherproof boots are already on your packing list.

Visit Alaska In Winter
Alaskan Landscape In Winter

How Do You Pack For Summer Travel?

Multiple layers are once again the key. However, this time instead of the heavy boots and big parka, you can pack lighter-weight clothing. A lightweight puffy coat and a waterproof windbreaker are necessities. Weather changes quickly in Alaska, and you want to prepare for any possibilities. Good hiking boots or shoes are still needed if you plan to go hiking, but comfortable walking shoes will suffice for everything else.

Hiking In Summer
Hiking In Summer

Sunscreen Is A Must In Summer

Yes, really. The sun is just as powerful, and you can still get a sunburn, especially if you will be going to an area with snow. The sun reflects off the snow, and you can end up with a painful sunburn, even when it’s cold. Bring sunscreen and a wide brim hat.

Don’t forget the mosquito repellent! Those irritating little blood suckers are highly active from late June through late August. Plan to wear long sleeves outside, especially at night. Bring the mosquito repellent that works best for you, and don’t let them spoil your entire trip.

Visit At Least One Of The National Parks

Alaska has an impressive eight national parks. It would be a shame to travel all that way and not visit at least one of them.

Many of them are accessible only by small plane. Flightseeing tours and air taxis can take travelers into:

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park

  • Katmai National Park

  • Kobuk Valley National Park

  • Lake Clark National Park

Other parks can be accessed by car, cruise ship, ferry, bus, Alaska Railroad, or a combination. These parks include:

  • Glacier Bay National Park

  • Denali National Park

  • Wrangell St Elias National Park

  • Kenai Fjords National Park

Denali - The Perfect Alaska Getaway
Denali National Park – The Perfect Alaska Getaway

Get Help From An Alaska Tour Operator For Your Custom Itinerary

An experienced tour company makes all the difference in your perfect Alaska itinerary

planning. Whether you travel to Alaska by plane, train, car, RV, or cruise ship, work with experienced local guides who offer a personal experience and can create the best Alaska itinerary for you.

Are you hoping to see the northern lights? The aurora borealis, also called the northern lights, can be elusive. Work with knowledgeable travel experts to put together a plan that gives you the best chance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Experience The Northern Lights Near Kenai Fjords National Park
Experience The Northern Lights

Experienced Denali National Park Tour Company

Denali National Park is the busiest park in the state of Alaska. Work with a Denali package company that offers the excursions and activities you want. Especially during the busy summer months, don’t wait until you get there to start making reservations. It will likely be too late by then.

The experienced staff at Stampede Excursions know all the insider tips to help you plan an amazing trip!

Our knowledgeable guides are well-versed in Alaska’s history and culture. We offer a personalized experience with small group tours by land, water, or in the air in interior Alaska.

You can leave the details to us. Our number one priority is giving you an amazing experience without the usual stress of trip planning.

Book your next Alaskan adventure today! Our team is eager to help you!

Friendly Moose In Denali
Friendly Moose In Denali National Park

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 5

Draft Horse Drawn Covered Wagon

To get a real sense of old-time Alaska, travel like the original pioneers did-by horse-drawn wagon. Climb onto a covered wagon for an adventure and you’ll be in for a trip through time. While guides fill you in on the area’s history and natural treasurer, you’ll be pulled through the Alaskan tundra with the mountains of nearby Denali National Park hovering overhead. Join us for an exciting, yet relaxing, journey into the wilds of Alaska. Our custom-built Covered Wagon Ride is pulled by two beautiful Draft horses.

from
90 USD
Duration
1 hour
Group Size
Up to 5

Personal Draft Horse Encounter

Join us for a one-on-one encounter with our gentle giants! You will get a private experience with your group learning all about our draft horses. Your group will have the opportunity to feed, brush, and meet our draft horses. You will then get to watch a demonstration of how our teamsters gear and hitch up our horses to get ready for a covered wagon ride.

from
40 USD
Duration
10 hours
Group Size
Up to 5

Historic Denali Guided Adventure

Experience the wilderness and wildlife along the rugged route. Guides will ensure opportunities to view the area's best landmarks & introduce you to authentic Alaska activities!

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194 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 1

Tundra Golf

We'll pick you up at one of our scheduled times. Tee times are available all day. The course runs about 3.5 hours but if you want to take your time, no problem. We'll pick you up after and bring you home. All golfing essentials are provided such as round trip transportation to and from your hotel, unlimited greens fee, club rentals, a pull or power, a souvenir Logo Ball, tees, Scorecard, and 6 golf balls to play the course!

from
95 USD
Duration
1 hour
Group Size
Up to 5

Alaska Glacier Flightseeing Tour

A robust introduction to Denali and the Alaska Range. Follow the river systems of Talkeetna across the Susitna Valley into an incredible landscape of icefalls, glaciers, and snowy peaks.

See the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier, mile-high granite walls filled with a 4,000-foot thick river of ice, and the deepest canyon in North America
View the Don Sheldon amphitheater
Stunning snow-capped peaks
Intense blue meltwater pools
Cascading icefalls
Scenic Highlights: Denali, Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, Don Sheldon Amphitheater.

Child rate valid for children under age 10.

Offered year-round. After September 15th, there is a 2 passenger minimum.
*There is an 8% tax on this flightseeing tour.

from
243 USD
Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 5

Denali Air Adventure From Fairbanks

-Fly south from Fairbanks and wonder at the vast and remote land below.
-Experience the majestic Alaska Mountain Range.
-Thrill at the excitement of witnessing firsthand Denali, North America's tallest mountain, by air.
-Departs 12:00 pm; returns between 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
-Tour Schedule (winter season): October - April. Minimum total of 4 required for a departure.

from
409 USD
Duration
1 hour
Group Size
Up to 5

Ultimate Alaska Flightseeing Tour

This is the only flight tour we offer from October 1st – April 30th. This winter tour explores the Southside of the Alaska Range.

Your pilot will be your guide and customize your tour based on weather conditions for the day.

from
350 USD