Alaska Transportation

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Alaska Transportation

  • Buses

    Denali National Park and Preserve Transportation

    The shuttle bus is the way to go if you want some control of your time spent in Denali Park. However, there is a HUGE difference in the experience you get from the drivers. Our driver on the way to Eilson (Rodney) was great and very informative. He explained a lot of the history, geology and wildlife in the park. The drivers on the busses we...

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  • Roadways

    Kodiak Transportation

    Had an email asking about renting a bike on Kodiak. Didn't think it was possible but found out it is - for a price. 58 Degree North, an upscale sporting goods store on Mill Bay Road, rents nice mountain bikes for a daily rate. $35/day sounds like a lot but includes helmet and a lock. If you've ever tried to find a parking spot downtown during...

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  • Alaska Railroad

    Denali National Park and Preserve Transportation

    The Alaska Railroad is, in my opinion, the best way to get to Denali National Park. It takes a bit longer, but it winds through some of the most gorgeous scenery I've seen from a train. It is about an 8 hour ride from Anchorage to Denali, and the train drops you right in the park, just across the street from the Visitor's Center. You thread...

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  • Air Travel

    Kodiak Transportation

    Kodiak is serviced from Anchorage by ERA Aviation and by Alaska Air. Era operates as a subservice of Alaska, so all arrangements go through Alaska Air. About 8 flights a day - 6 by ERA's Dash 8 turbo prob and 2 by Alaska jet. About 45 minutes by jet or 1:10 by turbo prop, but the turbo is really faster because you don't have to deal with...

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  • Via Water

    Kodiak Transportation

    Ferry service runs almost daily between Homer and Kodiak in the summer months, rotating between the Tustemena and the much larger Kennicott. Check their website or call to check on schedule as it changes from month to month. And then double check a few weeks out to make sure it is still as scheduled.

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  • Motorcycle

    Kodiak Transportation

    We have a very active group of motorcycle enthusiasts. They are very happy that they are paving more of the roads, but the paved roads are still very limited. We have a 'Biker's Ball' in June sponsered by the Lions Club, and it is a chance to showcase your bike. Here is one that runs all year long.

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  • Alaska cruises

    I took a cruise to Alaska for 7 days and I may say that unless for me it didn`t work.Too much time inside the ship and almost nothing on land.The lanscape from the ship is ok but you actually cross too far from the islands and coast that it is almost impossible to se anything.One idea would be to take the one way trip to Anchorage, spend a few days...

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  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International...

    Alaska's main international gateway is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), six miles (ten kilometers) southwest of the downtown area. There are numerous connections to many American and Canadian cities, as well as flights to Europe, Siberia, and Asia.Airlines serving Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport: Air Canada, Alaska...

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  • North Haul Road (Dalton Highway)

    I live in Alaska, but further south in Kodiak where we have moderating marine climate. But I have driven the Haul Road (now called the Dalton) as far as the arctic circle during the summer.I'm assuming you've done some research and have made good preparartion for the winter weather that still prevails in March. I'm an experienced winter driver and...

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  • Alaska Marine Highway An Alternative to...

    My traveling companion did not want to take a cruise, and I didn't want to drive or fly, so our alternative was taking the ferry. I'm glad that we did! We caught M/V Columbia's departure of 6pm on Fri Sept 14 at Bellingham, Washington and traveled up to Haines, Alaska. From Friday until early Sunday morning, there were no stops as we cruised...

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  • The McCarthy Road

    Not as big adventure as the James Dalton Highway but beleive me...can be more than enough for humans:)) Just 60 miles but please notice this is a gravel and dirt road and recommended to keep the speed limits. Better to use a truck or land rover rather than RVs. A one way journey takes about 2,5 - 3,5 hours and at least 4 or more by RVs. Watch for...

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  • motorhome rental

    I am a life long Alaskan, I used ABC for a winter camping trip and was given the motorhome with a full *hitter.... NOT fun. Alaska has a bunch of people that rent out their motorhome on the side to help pay for it or rent it out all of the time. Try chekcing out Craigslist to see if you can get a better deal that the large shops.I suggest...

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  • Driving Around Alaska by Car

    My sister arrived a day earlier to Alaska than myself and she got a car to rent for 5 days which I booked through Expedia for about $220 (Hertz)- to be picked up from airport (May 2009). She said she paid about $350 though when she arrived because there were some miscellaneous charges and taxes (Alaska is known for high taxes on car rentals at the...

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  • Alaska Airlines

    The first time we saw a bald eagle was when my sister and I were driving on our first day in Alaska and I was talking with my wife on the phone, and this huge bird flew over our car, spreading its 7 foot wingspan for us to enjoy! Unfortunately, we did not have a camera on hand!But it was funny when I saw an ad saying that the State Bird is Alaska...

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  • The best book to have if driving in...

    If you are doing any driving in Alaska a fabulous book and wealth of info is the book Milepost."The Milepost provides maps, diagrams, photographs, and most of all, an almost mile by miles travelogue of what to expect in driving the major roads of the North Country. The information provided will allow the traveler to locate the next gas station,...

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  • Winter Driving on the Alcan Highway

    First, buy the Milepost. A great mile by mile resource for the Alcan.The highway is in good shape (paved) the whole way. Winter is actually better as they aren't repaving portions like they do in the summer, but you do have to worry about ice.Plan it out so you have a warm place to stay each night - hence the real need for the Milepost. Temps can...

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  • "Glacier Express" to Mendenhall Glacier

    UPDATE: In 2006 the price of the Glacier Express was $6.00 each way for adults.If you arrive in Juneau by cruise ship, instead of taking an expensive excursion tour, consider taking the "Glacier Express" blue bus to the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitors Center. You can find one of the many which arrive every few minutes at Franklin Street (downtown)...

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  • Cruising to Alaska

    Regarding the Alaska portion of your tour, I'm guessing that your cruise ship will probably make landfall at such ports as Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Valdez, Anchorage. It may also visit ports in British Columbia such as Prince Rupert.At that time of the year, be prepared for cold, wet weather in Alaska, specially in the coastal areas. One...

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  • Alaska Cruises

    The southeastern Alaska coast is very rugged, with mountains coming down right to the shoreline. As a result, there are no roads between the towns along the coast, and the only practical way to see the coast is by air or sea. The easiest way to do it is from a cruise ship, and there are a number of cruise lines that offer Alaska cruises. We used...

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  • Gasoline Prices

    Gasoline prices may be much higher than you are used to. Gasoline was not cheap anywhere in Alaska in Aug 07. Regular unleaded gasoline in Homer was $3.199 and in Seward was $3.209; however, it was $4.799 in Bethel! Unfortunately, I had my gasoline siphoned one night in Homer (the rental car did not have a gas cap lock) when my car was parked...

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  • Car, Rail and Cruise!

    My experience about traveling around AK is to drive the highways in order to stop and explore. However, you must take a cruise to see the glaziers. The Kenai Fjords cruises in Seward is very rewarding. There are eagles, seals, orkas, puffins, otters and sometimes whales.Wear layers because you never know what the weather might be.

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  • Dalton Highway to Arctic Ocean

    Dalton Hwy(360miles)-The trip can be done in 48 hours. (Fair Banks - Arctic Ocean - Fair Banks)-SUV not necessarily. If you stay on the road, all you need is a regular car as long as tires are in good condition. If you want to do off roading, a regular SUV is not enough anyway. -Bring enough food AND water on the road.-Things to do to avoid a crack...

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  • Alaska Marine Highway

    The state of Alaska operates a ferry system called the Alaska Marine Highway, that runs from Bellingham, Washington (north of Seattle) to Skagway, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, and many points inbetween. The ferry is a fun, relaxing way to go. The scenery and wildlife is incredible. If youre planning to drive to Alaska in the wintertime, you can bypass...

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  • Denali Express

    We aren't big train enthusiasts, but we really enjoyed this trip. The train travels from Denali National Park to Whittier, and takes around 10 hours. Seats are pre allocated (you may find yourself sharing with other travellers unless there are 4 of you). The domed cars afford an excellent view of the passing scenery including, weather permitting,...

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  • Driving gravel highways in Alaska

    Ive read a few forum posts about driving rental cars on the unpaved sections of the Alaskan road system...Most rental companies wont allow their vehicles off the paved roads in Alaska.However, Ive found two companies who will rent a vehicle to take on the unpaved roads:Dalton highway auto rentals / Arctic outfitters in Fairbanks...

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  • Driving the AlCan to Alaska

    Driving from the lower 48 to Alaska is probably the best road trip in North America. There are three main routes - AlCan, Cassiar, and the Alaska Marine Highway.The AlCan has been gradually improved to the point that today pretty much any road-worthy vehicle can make it. Canada doesnt allow handguns, automatic weapons, or bear spray. You can bring...

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  • Wrangell Mountains By Air

    Yes, you can take a plane if you wish. The trail system is not extended in the National Park therefore a small airport operates between McCarthy and Kennicott. Can be a good choice for those who have no so much spare time and want to see everything. In cloudy weather you'll probably see nothing from above though. There are different flightseeing...

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  • Water Taxi from Homer to KBSP

    Small watertaxis operate in Homer for those who wish to see the beautiful Kachemak Bay State Park, Seldovia, Gull Island or the Halibut Cove Lagoon. There are big price differences between different companies. You can also rent a kayak and discover the area by yourself or book a tour. From Homer to Seldovia the watertaxi costs avout 65 USD return...

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  • Ferries and Ships

    Alaska cruises have become one of the most popular ways to visit Alaska. You can choose among short trips between for example Homer and Kodiak or longer trips along the west coast to Vancover / Seattle, etc. There are also very expensive around-world-trips available I'm sure. There are a number of different cruise itineraries in Alaska offered by...

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  • By PLANE

    There are lots of probably nice places that you cannot reach by road like Barrow, Nome, Kodiak and many others. The most expensive but fastest way is of course by air. From Anchorage you can book a return journey to Barrow for about 500 dollars depending on the season. I have no experience so far but next time I'd like to discover these hidden...

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  • South Klondike Highway (nr2)

    From Whitehorse to Skagway and back (180 km). This route is different than other typical Alaskan ones. You can enjoy the colours of the beautiful Yukon while driving towards the White Pass then snow the covered peaks appear. In Carcross you can see a famous tourist attraction, the Carcross Desert (picture 2) which is home to some very rare plant...

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  • Rchardson Highway (nr4)

    Definitely among my favourites. You can take really great shots of the Wrangell Mountains if you're going this way especially during sunsets (picture 2). There are several spots where you can pull over and take pictures. The Richardson was Alaska's first highway. Near Valdez, the highway winds along the turbulent Lowe River in Keystone Canyon. The...

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  • Seward Highway (nr9)

    You can enjoy this beautiful scenic drive if you take the Seward Highway. It connects two major towns, Anchorage and Seward and you can see the National Chugach Forest as well as the beautiful Moose Pass (my photo 1 was taken here). If you have the time you can even have a closer look of beautiful glaciers (Portage glacier - photo 2) and valleys....

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  • Parks Highway (nr3)

    The Parks highway is situated between Alaskas two biggest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks and it was named in honor of George Parks who served as governor from 1925 to 1933 and not named after the Denali Park:)) This highway is probably the bisiest in the whole state, wide enough and the best year-round road. It was my favouriste Highway beside the...

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  • James Dalton Highway

    The wildes highway in Alaska. General info: The 667 km long highway begins on the Elliott Highway and ends at Dead Horse a few miles from Prudhoe Bay which is closed from the public you can book a tour and see the Arctic Ocean though. The primary users of this state maintained highway are the oil companies so that most of the vehicles using it are...

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  • Around Denali National Park and Preserve

    You have several choices if you want to get around Denali. You can take a shuttle, a tour bus, a plane you can even choose hiking trails. Shuttle buses feature wildlife and scenic viewing...if you want to take a hike, walk in the park you can take one of these green buses. Shuttle buses allow passengers to get off and on different shuttle or camper...

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  • Alaska Highway (nr2)

    "I drove the Alaska Highway ... and Loved it!!" -Sounds the famous motto and can be read on thousands of postcards all over the Yukon and Alaska. By the way rightful. For many people the Alaska highway is kind of a legend or a mission to drive on, many of them travelling by big motorhomes, coming from south and ... and okay this is not the right...

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  • Taylor Highway (nr5)

    It was such a good experience! I love highways like this although it was in pretty bad condition but who cares, right? If you are travelling from Canada you will get a nice view directly after Dawson City and will be about the same all the way. On the road there are lots of points of interests like the Yukon River viewpoint in Canada, the port on...

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  • Arctic Rent-a-Car

    If you're planning to drive Alaska, as opposed to doing a cruise, try Arctic Rent-a-Car in Anchorage. Anchorage is, of course, where the main airport is located. While getting a car at the airport is the most convenient, you can save a lot of money by taking a cab to this place and renting your car there. Keep in mind that everything in Alaska is...

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  • another flying option

    Seaplanes and bushplanes are very common here. Knowing someone with one is wonderful—and I wish we did. We have multiple airports for these planes in the city and throughout Alaska there are little airfields or landing strips everywhere. Small companies, charters and individual guides offer tours and the best way to see a decent amount of Alaska is...

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  • Driving Alaska

    Driving Alaska is my favorite way to see the state…well this part of the state. Where there are roads, of course. We have a lot of highways that are mostly 2 lane and in varying condition. In Anchorage, there’s a large network of roads that take a beating from traffic and weather, but pretty well maintained. Typically, from point A to point B, you...

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  • Alaska Railroad

    If you don’t want to drive yourself, the Alaska Railroad is scenic way to see some of the state while relaxing and not worrying about road conditions or the cost of gasoline. It goes from Seward up to Fairbanks, hitting up a lot of the tourist destinations in between such as Denali. The prices really aren’t that bad for the normal service and they...

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  • Smaller charter planes

    Smaller airlines fly to the more remote places in Alaska and are a good option if it’s your only option. From doing a little research, I’ve found that they each seem to get locations and don’t overlap. For example, PenAir flies into McGrath or Adak (and a large list of towns that are way out in the bush) and then Era Aviation flies down to Kenai or...

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  • Commercial Airlines

    Alaska has a few international airports located in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. The largest variety of flights from other countries and the States go into Anchorage. Flying into here during the summer isn’t cheap—in fact, for us just to fly down to Juneau from here is over $200.00 round trip. Alaska Airlines has a monopoly on some of the...

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  • Rent a car

    Budget rent a car was very good. We got a large sedan which was Ford Taurus with a sun roof . The large or Full size cars as they call them are much cheaper than an SUV or minivan. For 4 of us it was great. It had plenty of room and I probably saved more than $500 by opting for a full size car rather than the other options. it was plenty...

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