Where to Stay: Large Families (or Groups) on a Budget

Q. Can anyone recommend a lovely place to stay for a family of 7 (we have 5 kids ages 3-17)? We'll be coming from Oregon and hope to hike, fish and see some beautiful scenery. So far many cabins and hotels we've seen aren't large enough for our family without renting more than one room or cabin. Is there a great place that won't break our bank account? We're hoping to spend less than 6k on the entire trip including airfare and activities for one week. Thank you! -- Joe

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Shortly, we will be launching the new We hope you are as excited as we are to bring you more great expert advice and the best that Alaska has to offer!

Here are some of the new features…

Brand New Design & Mobile Friendly
The new is designed to change its layout to fit your device. Now, you can easily plan a trip using a smartphone or tablet device. No more zooming and pinching to view great tips and photos. Read more »

Winner Chosen for a 6-Day Alaska Aurora Vacation!

Congratulations to Christina Sweeney of Gig Harbor, Washington! She won our Alaska Aurora Vacation Sweepstakes and will get to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with her boyfriend Bryen. Read more »

Tips for Winter Vacations in Alaska

Winter in Alaska is a special time full of festivals, performances, and endless outdoor opportunity. As soon as the first snowflakes fall, Alaskans start chomping at the bit to get outside and play! Here are a few things that you should know about planning a winter vacation in Alaska: Read more »

Come See The Northern Lights!

Seeing the northern lights is easy—and you can do it in a long weekend.

It’s simple: Take a flight to Anchorage, then fly or take the train to Fairbanks, where Northern Alaska Tour Company will pick you up. They are Alaska’s experts for Northern Lights and Arctic Ocean tours. Call Matt at (800) 474-1986.

Visitors rave about these Northern Lights tours, calling them “breathtaking,” “incredible,” and “the experience of a lifetime!” Read more »

Where to Spot Eagles Between Anchorage and Seward

Q: I'm taking my 14-year-old granddaughter to Alaska next week. Where can we likely see eagles? We will be driving a rental car between Anchorage and Seward. Thanks. --Carolyn

What is Alaska Weather Like in Late April?

Q: What is the weather like on April 20 to 28? Or maybe I should postpone my trip to May? Thanks! --Aimee

Best Time To See Barrow

Q: After returning from my 5th trip to Alaska, I had a whole list of things that I was not able to get to. I wish I had heard about you earlier. I made a day-trip to Barrow on the 4th of July, not realizing that the Inupiat Native Cultural / Heritage Center was closed for the holiday. I would like to go back to Barrow for a couple of days. Would you be able to advise what the best time to go to Barrow would be for Inupiat cultural activities (e.g. blanket toss and other festivities) and for polar bear viewing? --Kashif

A: Kashif, Best time is in June when they have their whaling festival. You'll feel like you're a part of the community. They tend to have one or two dates during the summer where they do it; it's a little flex in case they don't have a whale by the first scheduled date. But usually it's around solstice, or June 24-25. You would need to call the Top of the World Hotel and find out how to peg the date. Read more »

Chugach Mountains in February

 This was my first flight in over 4 months. These mountains are less than 10 minutes behind Anchorage by plane, along the route of the Eklutna Traverse, a famous winter glacier route. I made most of these images while flying between 7000 and 9000 feet.  

Peril Peak Alaska

eklutna traverse

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January Sunset in Alaska

 Every day in Alaska is a postcard waiting to happen!January Sunset in Alaska