It has been discovered over and over again, yet Alaska maintains its aura as the Last Frontier. From fishing for salmon in Kodiak to enjoying the sights on a cruise, this article will give you some great travel tips for America’s 49th state.
Alaska is a massive, rugged land that is far, far away. With just a little planning, however, you can have the Alaskan vacation you have always dreamed of, and it can be easier than you ever imagined.
When to Go
Obviously, most travelers head to Alaska in the summer
months (June-September). The weather throughout the state is acceptably warm
during the summer, though any trips to the Southwest portion of the state
(Kenai, for example) will more than likely include rain. The rain in the
Southwest is comparable to the rain in Seattle, however – normally, it’s no
more than a minor inconvenience.
Brave travelers have ventured to Alaska during the winter
(more or less all months that are not April – September). There are many
reasons to head up to the Great White North in the winter months, but please,
pack your warm clothes as temperatures in certain areas of Alaska can reach
30-below-zero (either Fahrenheit or Celsius, actually. As it turns out, –32 degrees is where Celsius and Fahrenheit
are exactly the same temperature.)
If you have health concerns, it may be wise to consult a
physician if you are thinking of traveling to Alaska in the cold months.
Extreme cold can be a shock to the system. Still, if you pack your warm
clothes, you should be OK.
Staying Warm Tip: When venturing outdoors in a climate that
is below freezing, layer your clothes. A T-shirt, covered by another shirt,
covered by a sweater, covered by a jacket, with gloves and some type of hat
with ear protection is always a nice way to go. You should figure out what
works for you rather quickly. Just remember the term “layering.” All Alaskans
understand the concept and it’s part of the state’s vernacular.