Happy New Year!

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? We did, and one of them is to travel more in 2019! Is that one of yours, too? If so, we can help make that happen!

And a good place to start is with a hefty dose of inspiration! Here are a few articles and videos to inspire you to head north this summer.

Drive the Kenai Peninsula in your camper van, and you won’t be disappointed. From Anchorage to Seward and Homer, there are views, adventures and history aplenty. Here’s a sample itinerary: https://www.travelalaska.com/GetInspired/TripIdeas/Driving/Girdwood-to-the-Kenai-Peninsula.aspx

Planning to go a little farther afield? Drive a piece of the Alaska Highway! This article starts in Dawson City, British Columbia, but if you read it backwards, you’ll head to Delta Junction first. No need to stop at the border either—you are welcome to take your camper van into Canada! https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/alaska-highway-road-trip

You can also head toward the Canadian border via the more southerly Glenn Highway, and a side trip will take you to the beautiful town of Valdez, on Prince William Sound. https://matadornetwork.com/trips/valdez-coolest-town-never-heard/

Visit the Matanuska Glacier on your way to Valdez, and experience one of the more unique adventures in Alaska: hiking on a glacier. You can also do this on a few other glaciers around Alaska, including Exit Glacier near Seward, and Spencer Glacier near Girdwood (that one requires a train ride!). https://matadornetwork.com/videos/magic-spot-alaskas-matanuska-glacier/

Planning to visit Denali National Park, but you’ve heard about how busy it can get? Here’s a good article on how to beat the crowds during your visit. http://www.alaska.org/advice/denali-away-from-the-crowds

We’d also recommend you try Denali State Park—just as beautiful, but less well-known! https://www.travelalaska.com/Destinations/Parks-and-Public-Lands/Denali-State-Park.aspx

Alaska also has seven other national parks besides Denali! Visit a few others vicariously here: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-uncrowded-national-parks-in-alaska 

Notably, the other easily accessible Alaska national park isn’t mentioned in that article: Kenai Fjords. Head to Seward to visit the park, but don’t miss these sights along Turnagain Arm on the way: https://matadornetwork.com/view/turnagain-arm-one-alaskas-beautiful-destinations/

Traveling to Alaska is just awesome, and can be a life-changing experience. But living here is even more of an experience, sometimes. It’s different. Take a look to see just how different: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/wildlife/2019/01/08/moose-munches-on-plants-after-wandering-into-anchorage-medical-building/

Feeling Inspired? Book your travel van now!

Come see us in San Diego

Need a little more incentive? Come visit us in San Diego! We’ll be at the Travel and Adventure Show at the San Diego Convention Center on the 19th and 20th of January. We’ll be there with a few other tour operators and visitors bureaus, so come see what the options are this summer in Alaska. And, we’re offering a reservation special for those who visit us at the show, so stop by to see how you can save!