By the end of January, most resolutions have been broken and forgotten, but there’s still plenty of time to keep that resolution to travel! On that note, we’ve rounded up a few articles and videos that will help you fulfill that resolution: a few practical how-tos, a few meant to inspire, and a few to show you how it worked for someone else. Got a favorite, or another tip? Share it in the comments!
Good Morning America Summer Solstice Broadcast
Last year, Good Morning America broadcast part of their show from the shores of Resurrection Bay, highlighting the gorgeous scenery of the Kenai Peninsula, the fun activities both in the front country and in the back country, and also recognizing the state’s recovery after COVID and our epic summer full of independent travelers.
The 50 Best Hikes in the US
Backpacker Magazine rounded up a few of the epic trails in every state, and the Kenai Peninsula’s Resurrection Pass made the cut. A through-trail most commonly hiked or biked from Hope to Cooper Landing (or back), you can day-hike it from either side as far as you want (trailheads are easily accessible in your camper van), or get a friend to drop you off and meet you on the other side. https://www.backpacker.com/trips/trips-by-state/the-50-best-hikes-in-the-us/
Road Trip Tips
The 18 Best Stops along the Seward Highway
Of course, we can’t help but think that the Seward Highway is one of the most scenic roads in the whole world, but it’s nice when others back us up on that! Here, travel blogger Jasmine details just how many things there are to see along the way from Anchorage to Seward. Normally, the trip is about 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If you stop at all of them, it may take you all day! https://www.jasminealley.com/seward-highway/
This article was published at the beginning of Summer 2021, but many of these tips will apply to 2022 as well, like booking a spot on the Alaska state ferry to get to many coastal towns accessible only by water. Or like booking an RV (or campervan, duh!) to save on the cost of having to pay for both a rental car and a hotel room. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/12/travel/alaska-budget-travel.html
On a Fall Road Trip in Alaska, Prepare for the Unexpected
Don’t forget about the possibilities for fall travel here in our lovely state. Fewer people, lower prices—but a sense of adventure and a willingness to be flexible are paramount. Weather especially can be unpredictable in the fall, but that’s why you’re coming to Alaska anyway, isn’t it—the possibilities for adventure? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/travel/alaska-autumn-road-trip.html
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Knapp Family Travels
We won’t soon forget the Knapp family and their enthusiasm during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in May. They managed not only to fit their family of 5 easily into a travel van, but had some pretty amazing adventures along the way. In their Alaska Day 2 video, they explain how they made their van work for them, but we encourage you to watch the whole series for both goofy family antics and some next-level tips on family travel.
A Smaller More Affordable Alaska RV Rental
Nikki Cleveland of RV Life Magazine experienced Alaska in one of our vans last year, and explained what the experience was like, plus took a few very descriptive photos, too! https://rvlife.com/alaska-rv-rental/