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ALASKA TRAVEL GUIDE
Hello, my name is Gwen, and here is my Alaska travel guide for solo travel over 40, including budget, safety/female and eco-travel tips, photographs and interesting posts for your Alaska travel planning.
WELCOME TO ALASKA!
STATE OF ALASKA
INTERESTING ALASKA FACTS
- Became the 49th U.S. state on January 3, 1959
- Capital: Juneau
- Largest City: Anchorage
- Area: 663,268 square miles / largest U.S. state
- State Nickname: The Last Frontier
- State Motto: North to the Future
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POPULAR ALASKA DESTINATIONS
In addition to U.S. holidays, the State of Alaska may observe additional state or local holidays. It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your Alaskan destination! Take a few moments to see if there are holidays specific to Alaska to better help you plan your trip.
TIPPING IN ALASKA
Traveling in a new country is easier when you know the country’s tipping etiquette in advance as each country has its own rules. That said, for Alaska, please see tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide.
SAFETY / FEMALE TRAVEL TIPS
ALASKA TRAVEL SAFETY
Please see my U.S. travel tips. In addition, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel; let people know where are you going and provide them your itinerary; and, ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.
BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS
BEST TIME TO VISIT ALASKA
Alaska’s summer is short. Mid-June to August has driest and warmest weather but weather can still be nice in the shoulder season from mid-May and to mid-September. The least expensive time to visit Alaska would be October to April, but winter months may wish to be avoided unless looking for particular events or activities. For best chance of weather and to beat most of the tourists, book well in advance for the shoulder season months.
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SUSTAINABILITY / ECO TRAVEL TIPS
It is very easy to do your part for the planet and implement environmental sustainability into your travel. If you would like to learn more about how you can implement environmentally sustainable, or eco-friendly, travel measures into your travel, please see my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and suggested Eco Travel Resources.
Additionally, if you are flying to, or within, Alaska consider purchasing carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are several ways to go about this to help reduce your impact to climate change through your travel. Check it out!
It goes without saying that Alaska is the one of the U.S. states off the beaten path for most tourists. It takes longer to get there and warm, sunny weather is in shorter supply than most states. Still, this state is a must to visit. After living on the West coast for many years, I finally got my behind up to Alaska, albeit only for a short visit. Due to the shortness, I was not able to go to Denali National Park, so that is still on my bucket list. I was, however, to enjoy Anchorage and the drive to Seward – with beautiful scenery and stops the Seward Highway has to offer, along with a boat trip the Kenai Fjords National Park and kayaking. I lucked out on weather at the end of summer – it had been raining for 30 days straight in Alaska which broke for me during my long, holiday weekend only to begin again the day I left. This was a lovely little trip I designed for myself and would recommend to anyone, especially families with children. A friend of mine and her family actually did the same trip and said they had a wonderful time.