The V&V Alaska Travel Guide
If there’s one thing I’m truly proud of with this blog, it’s how many people use it to research, plan, and go on the once-in-a-lifetime Alaska trip they’ve always dreamed of. Little did I know that growing up in Alaska would eventually allow me to reach hundreds of thousands of people each year to share my local Alaska travel knowledge.
Back when I lived in Alaska, I spent three summers working for a major cruise line, and this only added to my knowledge of how Alaska travel planning works – or should work! I took the lessons from that time in my (meandering) career and added it to all the secret spots and tricks I had learned exploring The Last Frontier with my family and started writing about how to travel to Alaska. Over the years since I started this blog, that list of resources has become quite extensive!
If you’re planning a trip to Alaska, you’ve come to the right place: I’m here to help. Browse all of my Alaska articles below to find the answers to most questions you’ll have!
Products to Help You Plan Your Alaska Trip
Alaska City Guides
General Alaska Travel Advice & Itineraries
- Alaska Bucket List: 45+ Ultimate Things to Do in Alaska
- Alaska on a Budget: Costs to Visit & 15 Ways to Save
- How to Plan a Trip to Alaska in 2022 (and Beyond)
- How to Plan Your Second Trip to Alaska
- How to Get Around Alaska: Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Oh, Boats too!
- How to See Alaska’s Big Five: Moose, Grizzlies & Caribou, Oh My!
- How to Visit the 8 Alaska National Parks
(& 9 Other NPS Units)
- 15 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Alaska
- The 19 Best Places to Stay in Alaska, Across the Last Frontier
- 11 Splurge-Worthy Alaskan Experiences Worth Paying For
- The 13 Best Alaska Gifts & Souvenirs from the Last Frontier
- The 13 Best Places in Alaska to See Denali (Mt. McKinley)
- 10 Must-Do Hikes in Alaska for First-Time Visitors
- The 10 Most Popular Hotels in Alaska for 20233
- 5 Days in Alaska: 2 Itineraries for a Short Trip in 2023
- 7 Days in Alaska: Two Alaska Week Itineraries for 2023
- How to Plan the Ultimate 10-Day Alaska Itinerary in 2022
- How to Spend 12 Days in Alaska: A Jam-Packed, Unforgettable Itinerary
- How to Plan an Amazing Alaska Aurora Trip
- How to Plan the Perfect Alaska Winter Itinerary
When to Visit Alaska
- When is the Best Time to Visit Alaska? Here’s the Answer
- 5 Reasons to Visit Alaska in the Spring
- 5 Reasons to Visit Alaska in the Summer
- 5 Reasons to Visit Alaska in the Fall
- 5 Reasons to Visit Alaska in the Winter
Plus guides for visiting in January, February, March, April, May, and December (with other months coming soon!)
Alaska Packing Lists
- 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Alaska
- 10 Essentials You Need on Your Alaska Cruise Packing List
- 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Alaska in the Winter
- The 13 Best Binoculars for Your Alaska Cruise
- The 8 Best Vests, Raincoats, Coats & Jackets for Alaska
- The 7 Best Shoes & Boots for Alaska Travel
- The 5 Most Recommended Mosquito Repellants for Alaska
Below you’ll find a list of destinations across Alaska, and all the articles I’ve written about each. As you work on your Alaska itinerary,
I recommend reading all the articles about that specific destination you plan to visit, to ensure you get my complete advice about visiting.
⭐️ denotes popular, super-helpful articles to get you started planning to visit that destination.
- ⭐️ The 27 Best Things to Do in Anchorage (According to a Local!)
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Anchorage, Alaska: A Local’s Guide to 30+ Places
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Anchorage: Best Areas & 7 Top Hotels
- 53 Awesome Anchorage Facts & Statistics
- The 13 Best Things to Do in Anchorage in the Winter
- How to Visit the Anchorage Market: A Local’s Guide (2022)
- 7 Spooky & Fascinating Haunted Places in Anchorage, Alaska
- The 15 Best Anchorage Day Trips to Plan in Your Alaska Itinerary
- The 15 Best Hikes near Anchorage for an Alaskan Adventure
- ⭐️ 15 Incredible Things to Do in Denali & Denali National Park
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Denali: A Local’s Guide to 10 Great Restaurants
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Denali: The 5 Best Hotels & Vacation Rentals
- 21 Incredible Denali Facts & Statistics
- Is Denali National Park Worth It? An Alaskan Perspective
- A Perfect Denali National Park Itinerary: 2 or 3 Days in the Alaskan Wilderness
- Denali Bus Tours: All Your Options Explained (Accurate for 2022)
- The McKinley Park Hotel: Why Alaska’s Best National Park Has No Hotel
- ⭐️ The 21 Best Things to Do in Fairbanks (According to an Alaskan!)
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Fairbanks: A Local Guide to 14 Must-Try Spots
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Fairbanks: The 7 Best Hotels & Other Accommodations
- 23 Fascinating Fairbanks Facts & Statistics
- The 7 Best Things to Do in Fairbanks in the Winter
- 5 Spooky & Fascinating Haunted Places in Fairbanks, Alaska
More coming soon!
- ⭐️ The 23 Best Things to Do in Juneau (According to an Alaskan!)
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Juneau: 15 Fantastic Restaurants Recommended by Alaskans
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Juneau: 7 Great B&Bs and Hotels in the Alaskan Capital
- 29 Interesting Juneau Facts & Statistics
- How to Make the Most of One Day in Juneau, Alaska
- ⭐️ 17 Things to Do in Seward, Alaska, Gateway to Kenai Fjords
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Seward: A Local Guide to 17 Must-Try Spots
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Seward (coming soon!)
- The 17 Best Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises from Seward (2022)
- ⭐️ The 15 Best Things to Do in Valdez, Alaska (According to an Alaskan!)
- ⭐️ Where to Eat in Valdez (coming soon!)
- ⭐️ Where to Stay in Valdez: 4 Nice Hotels in the Land of Waterfalls
- How to Plan & Book an Alaska Cruise in 2022
- End of Season Alaska Cruises: Are They Worth It?
- How to Choose Your Alaska Cruise Excursions
- The Best Alaska Cruise Excursions – One in Each Port!
- The 9 Best Juneau Shore Excursions for your Alaska Cruise in 2023
- The 9 Best Ketchikan Shore Excursions for Your Alaska Cruise in 2023
- The 9 Best Icy Strait Point Excursions for Your Alaska Cruise in 2023
- The 6 Best Alaska Cruise Excursions in Seattle
- The 9 Best Sitka Alaska Cruise Excursions
- The 10 Best Shore Excursions in Skagway, Alaska
Specific Tour Reviews
- 26 Glacier Cruise Review: The Best Way to See Glaciers in Alaska
- Alaskan Dream Cruises Review: Sailing Through Culture & Wilderness
- Alaskan Rafting Adventure Photo Journal: 12 Days on the Tatshenshini & Alsek
- John Hall’s Alaska Review: A Grand Slam of a Guided Tour
- Kenai Fjords Tours Review: Puffins, Whales & Waterfalls, Oh My!
- Seward’s Best Day Cruise: Major Marine Tours Review (2022)
- UnCruise Alaska Review: The Ultimate Way to Cruise in Alaska
- Windstar Cruises Alaska Review: A Luxury Sail through the Inside Passage
Love the idea of experiencing the flavors of Alaska at home before or after your trip? Here are some Alaska-inspired recipes to try!
Want to Keep Exploring?
Here are my recent posts from across the globe!
- The 7 Best Things to Do in Whites City, New Mexico (& Nearby)
- The 10 Best Things to Do in Carlsbad, New Mexico
- 10 Days in Alaska: How to Plan Your Epic Alaska Itinerary in 2023
- Alaska in June: Planning a Summer Trip in the Most Popular Month
- 7 Days in Alaska: Two Alaska Week Itineraries for 2023
- 7 Former National Parks Across the U.S. Still Worth a Visit