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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2017
Suggestions while in Alaska  (8 Answers)

Planning a trip to Alaska on 18feb for about 1week. Planning to catch the northern lights. Do you think its the right time? Will fly into Anchorage and will take the train to Fairbank. Will spend a few days there. Any recommended place to visit? Thought of renting a car to move around, is it a good idea? Or good to just join any tours? Will spend a few days too in Anchorage after Fairbank. Any suggestions where and its a must to visit while in Alaska? Top priority is to try catch the northern lights. Recommended place to be? Thanks and hear from all of you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2016
10 Day Trip - Algarve & Seville  (5 Answers)

My wife and I are spending 10 days in the Algarve area next April. We fly in and out of Faro. I'm thinking of staying in three or four different locations and would like to do a circular tour in our hire car. It seems sensible to take in Seville. Any ideas for towns where a couple of nights would be a pleasant experience? Our interests are history, culture and moderate walking. Phil C

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2016
Itinerary help - Anchorage - Kenai peninsula - talkeetna  (8 Answers)

family of 6 adults - mid june trip - in/ out of anchorage
activities - wildlife/glacier viewing, kayak, biking, hiking, exploring towns
trying to spend as little time as possible in rental car
itinerary so far is
1. anchorage to seward - 3 days - for kenai fjord all day tour, hiking exit glacier/harding ice field, final day of hiking or biking, fishing
2. next 3 day itinerary is where I need help - thinking either homer for 2 nights knowing that will add lots of car time
or renting house in girdwood area for access to prince William sound tour, hiking, cooper landing, alyeska, wildlife conservation center, ??? other ideas.
Or one night girdwood and one night north of anchorage on way to talkeetna- ideas??
3. last night is talkeetna for denali flight seeing tour then back to anchorage for night flight out
Or would everyone recommend 3 days seward and 3 days denali? feels like it would be a lot of driving...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2016
Northern Lights necklace  (7 Answers)

Hi All!

I really hope you can help. We did a Disney Cruise to Alaska last summer and at one port (either Skagway, Juneau, or Ketchikan) I bought a necklace from a jewelry store that was called "Northern Lights" for $10. They had matching earrings for the same price but I bought the necklace only. Real or not real, it didn't matter...I loved it. It was just a small, round stone. We moved about 6 weeks ago, and the midst of moving...the necklace is missing. It's driving me nuts and I am really mad about it. So, now I wanted to see if I could possibly find the jewelry store who sold it to me and contact them about possibly ordering another one. I can picture the store from the outside, but cannot exactly recall the port, the store's name, or any of it. I am hoping perhaps one of you guys could help me!! I would really greatly appreciate any help you could offer. Thanks! It's very much appreciated it.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2016
Alaska in April  (12 Answers)

Planning to travel to alaska for a week in April. What are the main cities to visit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2016
White Pall train tour in Skagway  (3 Answers)

Is there is tour worth the price? The cruise line is charging 250 p/p... for a 120 train and 70 ferry ride? Can I get to
the ferry from my ship without going on the cruise tour?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2016
cruise celebrity solstice 2016  (4 Answers)

Hi folks,we are 6 brits looking forward to this cruise. We have booked lots of stuff but am struggling on this one. We arrive in Skagway 6th sept and want to do scenic railway(up or down)combined with coach the other way. Can anyone help cos we want to prebook. Many Thanks Tim

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2016
Transportation from Seward to Homer  (3 Answers)

My friend and I will be traveling from Seward to Homer on July 1st and need transportation. I already spoke with Stage Line, the company we planned to use as they say they go every Mon, Wed and Friday. However, because it's on July 1st (Friday), they aren't going because it's considered a holiday. I also looked into car rentals and can't even find one available. Are there any other options? Please advise, thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2016
Aerial tour and Glacier landing in Denali  (3 Answers)

1) Friends have suggested to take an Aerial tour and Glacier landing in Denali, from Anchorage. Is it really something not to be missed ? Our plan is arriving in Anchorage 3rd June @ noon, explore Anchorage & Denali. Have to reach Seward on 6th June, to catch the 9 pm Cruise from there. We have already planned to do visit the Matanuska glacier, Lake Eklutna, during our 2 day stay Anchorage. 2) How long would visit/hike of the Matanuska glacier take ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2016
Dos & Don't for Alaska Cruise  (7 Answers)

I will travel to Alaska & this is my first experience of Cruise so some body suggest how is the experience & cost effective travel of Cruise.
Will travel in 2016 .
Any body is travelling need company for travel.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2016
Itinerary question.  (8 Answers)

I've been trying to plan this for a while and I think I am underestimating time/distance.. 35th wedding anniversary and hubby wants to spend it in alaska. The only "tours" we are truly interested in are Talkeetna Devil Canyon boat tour, 26 glacier cruise, hiking exit glacier (or the equivalent) and the shuttle bus in Denali. I have considered 7 glaciers for our anniversary dinner but don't know how possible that is.What I have tentatively figured was; fly into anchorage July 28, drive to talkeetna july 29, do the canyon tour, drive to denali, stay in denali from july 29-aug 1, take the shuttle through the park july 30. I had thought to then drive to seward aug 1 for the 26 glacier tour, exit glacier hike but those turn out to be whittier? My blonde brain is overwhelmed. Any aid to help me plan this well? We don't want an "every minute planned vacation". I have tentative, cancellable reservations in both seward and denali if that helps. We will also have a rental car. Are there festivals/do not miss happenings that I have missed? Please, no fly overs... I barely handle jets. :( thank you. If you were there July 28- August 3 and really wanted to do 26 glaciers, Devils canyon, Denali and a glacier hike, how would you arrange it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2016
Southwest Alaska  (18 Answers)

My wife and I are wanting to fly into Alaska then rent a car/RV and take off to see the southeast part of Alaska. We are from Arkansas, live in the country and enjoy outdoors. We would like to see bears, moose, sea life, maybe fish a little, visit local taverns/restaurants, learn about the culture of the locals, see glaciers, mountains and visit a few nicer places too. Not into the big tourist crowds at all. We do not want a tour guide service telling us what to do and where to go on tours. My wife showed me a bear tour that was like $500.00! Can you not just go to a park and watch them on your own?? We would like to discover these things on our own if we can get a good itinerary from someone that knows the area. We are thinking around 10 days in July. We do not have a clue where to fly into or where to go so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2016
Traveling via motor home May 31-June 14  (2 Answers)

Will we need advance reservations for day trips like day cruise from Seward or Wilderness tour at Danali?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2016
Hiking in Alaska  (5 Answers)


I am from the New Jersey area and I hike in the Adirondacks (46, 4000 footers), New Hampshire (48, 4000 footers) and the Catskills (35, 3500 footers). Each of these areas has a group of mountains you can work towards. I am thinking about hiking in Alaska and I was wondering if you know of any such group of mountains in Alaska? I would appreciate any help you could offer or any website you can point me towards.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2016
Alaska 5 week Itinerary - Input Appreciated. Thank you!  (8 Answers)


My partner and I are doing a 8 week road trip from Denver up to Alaska. We have allowed ourselves 13 days to get to Alaska (allowing us to enjoy Jackson hole, glacier national park, Banff etc etc) and 5 days to return to Denver. This leaves us just over 5 week to explore Alaska.

I would very much appreciate some advice regarding the rough itinerary I have put together for the Alaska component of the road trip! Also if you have some suggestions on places to visit, that would be very well received. We are outdoorsy people and love all things nature - hiking, camping, kayaking, sighting animals and enjoying in beautiful landscapes! Also we on a somewhat budget, like the simple things in life and are not oppossed to roughing it.

the itinerary

Leg one: Southeast islands (9 days)

Juneau: we have given ourselves 4 days + 1 day of travel (ferry to and from Skagway)
points of interest (Mehandell Glacier, Perseverance trail, Alaskan brewing co, drive around the island and enjoy the scenery)

4 days in admiralty island (looks absolutely stunning, I am still working out how we will get there / what we will do there, but i am very interested in the canoe route as well as exploring this amazing island.

we could add more time for the southeast islands, if anyone has any suggestions? Also is 5 days to long in Juneau?

leg two: Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula (18 days)

Anchorage: 2 days

Whittier / blackstone bay: 2 days
- 2 days in whittier (one day paddeling backstone bay / interested in staying in one of the USFS cabins)

Hope / Resurrection pass trail: 5 days
- 1 day to look around hope
- 4 days to backpack the resurrection pass trail (either this or Russian lake trail or we were thinking we can mountain bike the resurrection trail in a day and do the russian lakes trail as well)

if anyone has done these, I would love to hear some feedback

ninilchik / Homer / Kachemak bay: 5 days
- might stop in ninilshik to go clamming
- 2 days in homer (brewery, hikes, mountain biking, eating out, animals)
- 2 days in Kechmak bay (want to stay in a yurt and just relax and enjoy the surrounds)

Seward / Kenai Fjords national park (4 days)
- 2 days in Seward (hikes, canoe, might spoil ourselfs and stay in some nice accomodation)
- 2 days in Kenai Fjords national Park (boat tour, glaciers, animals, hiking)

leg three: Denali and Fairbanks (6 days)
- 4 days in Denali
- 2 days for fairbanks

I Have left out 5 days outm as this can account for the amount of driving we will be doing!!!! lucky I am from australia, and am very used to driving long distances :)

Let me know what you think! if we are spending to long is a town, or missing places. We do have the potenital to add up 10 more days onto the trip, so if you have any other suggestions?

Cheers, Mel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2015
Goingo to Juneau by ferry from Haines in a RV!  (5 Answers)

Hello!! How are you guys?
Ok, I have a serious question about part of my 2016 alaskan trip. I will be renting a RV in Anchorage for 3 weeks, and I really REALLY wanna go to Juneau with the RV. I wanna go to Whitehorse, drive a little in the Alaskan Highway and visit Haines as well. I don´t wanna go by plane. I was looking for some information about this and discover that we can make this going from Haines to Juneau by Alaska Marine Highway System. I know that it´s expensive but I think it will worth it.
I cannot find any information of someone who has made it. Do you think it is possible and viable? We´re planning to stay for 2/3 days in Juneau, specially to make the Mendenhall Glacier hiking.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2015
Photos ops from Ship -  (6 Answers)

June Alaskan, Princess "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise which has several hours of viewing of shores / glaciers from the ship. Do have a port side balcony and four days of land excursions. Primarily curious about equipment for photos from the ship. Do have a Digital SLR, a 400 mm zoom, and a wide angle18 mm. Have been ciphering on buying a spotting scope with a camera adapter. Concerns? The price and ease of use, as I have no experience with these. Also would they be of use in this situation, as seems most are promoted to birders? Naturally packing more stuff is always another debate. Thanks for all impute

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2015
Alaska with a 5 Year Old  (12 Answers)

We will be travelling to Canada and Alaska for 8 weeks in September and October 2016. There are so many amazing things to see in Alaska and we are trying to work out an itinerary. What would you recommend for people that love to eat salmon and see wildlife. I am an archaeologist and my partner is an Aboriginal Sites Officer for an organisation in Australia. We love food, culture and wildlife. Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2015
Road Travel  (6 Answers)


We are planning a trip to Alaska between Sep 3 and 15 this year. We are only interested in "seeing" what nature offers and not doing much of anything else, because of certain constraints.

Our plan is to Rent a car and spend 2 days in Anchorage. Next head north to Denali Park and thence to Fairbanks. Spend a day there and drive down Richardson Hwy and soak in all the splendor. Am not sure if Tok is worth visiting, yet. Go down to McCarthy, if it is worth going to McCarthy else go to Valdez instead & spend a night there. We will then go up and and turn west from GlennAllen. Check out Palmer - go to Portage/Whittier and do the Glacier tour there. Head to Seward, Cooper Landing, Kenai etc. Check each place towards Homer & see every heavenly spot along the way. Go back to Anchorage and fly back.

Are we biting more than we can chew, as I know it is a lot of driving and plenty of retracing steps. But there is no other alternative, as riding a ferry from Valdez would deprive us of the Glenn Hwy pleasure. Please let me know if there is a better way to see the places on our list. We thank you in advance for any suggestions.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
Travel Alaska from 18th to 25th Sep  (4 Answers)

Hi All,

I am thinking to visit Alaska from 18th to 25th Sep. I am interested in hikie, join tour or watch wild animals in Denali and other national park, , northern light, Glacier Cruise and any adventure or activity tours.
However, I heard that they are going to close around middle of September and it start to have snow.

Is it possible to enjoy above things during 18th to 25th? If it is difficult, are there any recommended options I can enjoy in Alaska? If it is necessary or recommendation, it is possible to rent a car.

Tips / Recommendatios are highly appreciated, thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2015
Crossing the border wit a rental car  (6 Answers)

I have a reservation for a rental car (+ CDW + SLI insurance)

I want the cros the border to Yukon (Canada), do I need an extra Insurance?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2015
Planning a late October Trip  (12 Answers)

Me and my girlfriend are planning a late October Trip, we'll be there for a week, our idea is to rent a vehicle at Anchorage's Airport and head to Denali National Park, North Pole, Fairbanks(Hoping to see the Northern Lights) and Chena Hot Springs. Are the roads ok at time of the year to make such a trip? Are there many options on vehicles rental? Tips / Recommendatios are highly appreciated, thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2015
Transportation in Alaska  (10 Answers)

I'm planning on going with a friend from late July- early August, til early September, and am wondering about transportation. We plan a relative low budget trip.
We thought about buying a car (Not an RV) in Seattle, and then get to (and within) Alaska by car.
Is it recommended? Are there any type of cars that are better than other for that (Special requirements)? Any tips on preparing your car/insurance/whatever?
Is getting by in Alaska with a car cheaper or more expensive than with public transportation/taxis/ferries?
Is it easier, or more complicated than relying on other means of transportation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2015
8 days in Anchorage  (8 Answers)

Hi All,

i will be in Anchorage from July 14 until July 21 2015 for a vacation but until now i still cant decide what is the best i should do while im there. i really appreciate if anyone can suggest to me a tentative that i can do during my 8 days in there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2015
Booking ahead or not?  (13 Answers)

Hey all,
I will be traveling in Alaska in late July - early September, and plan on hiking and backpacking. No fancy hotels or luxurious cruises.
I have traveled before, and prefer never to book hostels/parks ahead. I like to just get somewhere, and stay there as much as I want.
But after reading a bit about Alaska, I wonder if it's better to stick to a strict plan and book everything ahead, or is it possible to just go with the flow and maybe even get some last minute deals?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2015
Sampel of 10 days RV trip in interior area  (6 Answers)

Hello...can anyone shares sample of 10 days trip with RV in interior area starting from Anchorage? Including stops and recommended RV park. We are family of 5 will traveling from 14 to 14 June 2015.

Thank you
Paulina (Indonesia)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2015
crowded decks  (4 Answers)

planning may NCL cruise and worried about how crowded public deck areas are for viewing areas? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2015
From North Carolina to Alaska  (10 Answers)

My fiance', cat, dog, and myself are pulling my travel trailer through Canada to Alaska. I know gas prices are high up north but what would be the cheapest route through Canada to get to Alaska? Most scenic route? Also i have my carry permit in NC and it's reciprocal in AK but how do i get my pistol and rifle up there? Thanks! Any help and\or advice would be VERY helpful!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
Just a few questions  (16 Answers)

I will be traveling to ALASKA by vehicle in May till August/September from the lower 48/49.

1. Is it worth the hassle getting gun permits to travel through Canada?

I have always had firearms and don't travel very much. I know the basics about bears and moose and have no intentions of a bad encounter and would never want to shoot one. I will be traveling with a camper and know the food rules, making noise while hiking, etc. I'm not really sold on bear spray or bear bangers though, do they really work? I plan on camping in remote spots, I know most of ALASKA is remote.

2. I will be traveling alone and feel much more secure carrying a firearm for personal protection in case I am in a bad situation, mainly with humans.

Am I being overly paranoid?

Any help would be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2015
Non touristy activities  (6 Answers)

My husband and I, along with our 9 month old will be cruising to Alaska in May. My husband doesn't like to do touristy stuff so I am looking for some input on non touristy activities to do in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. The activity needs to be short enough to fit with the cruising schedule. Also any ideas for Seward or Talkeetna would be awesome too. Thanks

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