Alaska is one destination that most people have on their “must see” list. Whether it’s because Alaska is so beautiful, with tourist hot spots such as Denali National Park, Glacier Bay and Mt. McKinley, or because it is so rugged and remote is hard to say. One thing is for certain, if you want to see wildlife, enjoy nature and just get away from it all, Alaska is the place to go.
If we’re talking destination wedding or honeymoon in winter months, let’s not forget the Aurora Borealis. There are even warm cozy options inside heated circular Aurora Domes with glass ceiling and sides for viewing.
Tour and Travel Options
Whether you visit Alaska as part of a cruise, or rent an RV to take on the ultimate road trip, there are many experiences here that you just can’t find anywhere else. Why limit yourself to just one choice when you can combine a number of options. Embark on a rail-cruise adventure, rail and car or just wing it. The Alaskan Native communities that still live there add vivid culture to the landscape, along with wildlife. You can even see the occasional moose loping down the street in Alaska’s biggest city, Anchorage. Tour options are plentiful and we always suggest working with a qualified Travel Agent. There is no additional cost and their experience helps create worry free honeymoon travels.
Don’t Miss List in Alaska
- Scenic drive along Turnagain Arm
- A “flight seeing” tour over Denali National Park
- A glacier cruise in Prince William Sound or the Kenai Fjords
- Anchorage, home to Alaska’s best art and native culture museums
- Eccentric small towns such as Homer or Talkeetna
- Bear-viewing tours in summer to watch them fishing for salmon in streams
- The wonders of the night sky – either the Midnight Sun in summer, or the auroras of winter
Although Anchorage and Fairbanks are popular cities, don’t overlook Juneau. It’s the state capital! This city (if you can really call it that) is the only state capital in the nation that can’t be accessed by road. That’s right, you can only get there by air or water.
Just a fast ferry ride away from Juneau is the quaint little town of Skagway. Tucked away but never asleep, Skagway has a historic red light district with the Red Onion Saloon and Brothel Museum.
Take a glacier tour on a helicopters and go for a glacier “walk” you won’t forget. Lakes, icefalls and vistas as far as the eye can see will welcome you. Or, if you want to stay grounded, the White Pass and Yukon Scenic Railway is a three-hour, 40-mile round-trip ride up 2,865 feet to the summit of the White Pass with a fully narrated tour. Experience tunnels, waterfalls and spectacular scenery from the comfort of your rail car.
When to Go to Alaska
Prime Alaska travel season runs from June through mid-August; the prices are highest then a well. The days are long (as in, you might not see the sunset) and the temperatures are warm.
Cut your costs and visit Alaska during the shoulder seasons: mid-May to Mid-June, and mid-August through mid-September. Some tours will start closing up after Labor Day, so keep that in mind. Late summer and early fall means good blueberry picking and turning leaves, but also increases the risk of rain.
In winter, you can see the Aurora Borealis! The most popular spot for aurora-viewing is up around Fairbanks. There’s typically plenty of snow for winter sports, especially in Girdwood, south of Anchorage. Late February and early March is the prime time to visit Alaska for two popular events: Fur Rondy, the winter festival in Anchorage, and the famed Iditarod race, which starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome.
Discover Alaska on your honeymoon… You won’t be disappointed!