Travel Planning
Alaska
Travel Planning
Alaska

Alaska at a Glance

Alaska is home to some of the nation's most desolate and majestic scenery. Parts of Alaska are so remote it is difficult for tourists to reach them, but whether you are enjoying the coastal forests or the inland mountains, Alaska is well worth it. 

The Alaskan wilderness is filled with wildlife. Black and Grizzly Bears roam the landscape filling up on berries for the coming winter. Moose range through the forest, scraping their antlers on trees. Wild salmon swim in the river and canneries and fisheries in Alaska work double-time during fish runs. Denali National Park is a favorite among visitors. For those craving a back country hike, eight million acres await. If you'd like a more civilized tour of the park's highlights, the National Park Service runs shuttles for visitors to get around. By the coast,the Tongass National Forest offers visitors a close up view of glaciers, Alaska's coastline as well as an enormous wilderness area. Stock up on hiking food and hit the trail for adventure in Alaska. 

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Popular Places
  • Anchorage Anchorage
  • Juneau Juneau
  • Denali National Park Denali National Park
  • Fairbanks Fairbanks
  • Glacier Bay National Park Glacier Bay National Park
  • Homer Homer
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Inside Passage Inside Passage
  • Ketchikan Ketchikan
  • Sitka Sitka
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
  • Major Airport Fairbanks International Airport
  • Major Airport Ketchikan International Airport
  • Major Airport Juneau International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Alaska has very cold winter temperatures and a lot of snow fall. Higher elevations stay snowy in the summer. Be prepared with adequate winter gear and good snow tires. Winter driving can be extremely hazardous and year round driving very muddy. 

Safety Concerns Alaska has some of the highest occurrences of sexual assault and domestic abuse in the country. Many people struggle with alcohol abuse. Buddy up for excursions and take precautions to protect your personal safety and the safety of your belongings in rural and urban areas. 

Health Concerns Alaska is full of wilderness. Be sure you are properly trained for bear and moose safety. For wilderness areas, travelers will need to purify their own water or contact the park service to find treated faucets. Travelers will want to bring their own mosquito protection gear for vacations during the summer months. 

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