• Fairbanks to Anchorage Hero
    Destination Guides,  Road Trip Tips

    Fairbanks to Anchorage (or Reverse): Essential Road Trip Stops

    One thing I've learned from more than a decade writing about Alaska travel is that it's definitely a 'choose your own adventure' destination. Some people want a pre-set itinerary with minimal effort traveling between points A and B – the highlights tour, either on their own, or with a guide. Others want to go – quite literally – off the grid, escaping the crowds and boondocking in a unique form of transportation..

  • Upper Peninsula Bucket List Hero
    Destination Guides

    Upper Peninsula Bucket List: 25 Things to Do in the U.P.

    Dense forests, sparkling lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, and the chance to find a glimmer of copper or shiny agate – the Upper Peninsula is not somewhere most people will ever travel, but it's a gem (in some cases literally) that's well worth visiting if you find yourself in this part of the country. I've been to the Upper Peninsula several times – my dad is from the U.P. and we visited several times when I was a kid...

  • Skagway vs Icy Strait Point Hero
    Great Debate

    Skagway vs Icy Strait Point: How to Choose for Your Alaska Trip

    Planning your Alaska trip or cruise is a series of seemingly impossible decisions. How long to visit, and when. How much to spend. Where to go, what to do, where to stay. Oh my! You might find yourself stuck between two different destinations, uncertain which will be the right one for you and the kinds of memories you want to make during your bucket list trip to The Last Frontier...

  • Ketchikan vs Juneau Hero
    Great Debate

    Ketchikan vs Juneau: How to Choose for Your Alaska Trip

    Planning your Alaska trip or cruise is a series of seemingly impossible decisions. How long to visit, and when. How much to spend. Where to go, what to do, where to stay. Oh my! You might find yourself stuck between two different destinations, uncertain which will be the right one for you and the kinds of memories you want to make during your bucket list trip to The Last Frontier...

  • Where to Stay in Valdez Hero
    Destination Guides

    Where to Stay in Valdez: 4 Nice Hotels in the Land of Waterfalls

    Alaska is a big, wild, beautiful place – and each Alaska traveler I've met has a different list of places they want to go, things they want to experience, and memories they want to bring home. For some folks, escaping the crowds and cruise ships is essential, and research quickly shows that Valdez is a great option if you're willing to take the journey and have the time...

  • Pirate Gold of Adak Island Hero
    Destination Guides

    “Pirate Gold of Adak Island:” The Definition of Fool’s Gold in Alaska

    I think we can agree that it's evident that "reality TV" is anything but reality nowadays. Maybe in its early stages, "reality TV" had some vestiges of real life – heck, those folks on The Real World and Survivor really did have some spontaneous, quirky experiences. Anymore though, not so much. So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that Netflix's Pirate Gold of Adak Island was not only incredibly staged and terribly edited to manufacture drama – but was based on a lie in the first place...

  • Sitka vs Juneau Hero
    Great Debate

    Sitka vs Juneau: How to Choose for Your Alaska Trip

    Planning your Alaska trip is a series of seemingly impossible decisions. How long to visit, and when. How much to spend. Where to go, what to do, where to stay. Oh my! You might find yourself stuck between two different destinations, uncertain which will be the right one for you and the kinds of memories you want to make during your bucket list trip to The Last Frontier...