(Closed) Alaska honeymoon – how'd you get there?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@leporidae:  i lived in Alaska for 6 years. Where do you want to go? There are a lot of amazing places that you can drive to from Anchorage. If you want to see Juneau, though, the only option is by boat or plane since it is an island. 

If you are thinking of driving from WA, it’s not bad at all. When I moved home, my Fiance and I drove from Anchorage to Colorado. 

Post # 4
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Born and raised in Alaska, and we fly between AK and the lower 48.  You can drive the AlCan if you want.  It’s a neat trip, and you can stop along the way to see the sights through Canada, but it’s definitely not a fast way to get there.

If you fly in to Anchorage or Fairbanks, then you can rent a car just like anywhere else.  Some places, as mentioned above, are boat/fly in only, but a classic tourist route is Anchorage-Denali-Fairbanks, which is all accessible by road.

I guess the answer depends on where you want to go and what you want to do.

Post # 5
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@leporidae:  You can fly into Anchorage. Alaska airlines has lots of flights from the mainland up there. Also starting in June, United and Virgin America are both starting service from San Francisco.

Post # 7
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@leporidae:  We didn’t encounter any unpaved roads; however, they do have a lot of potholes. 

Post # 8
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @leporidae:  The Alaska Highway (aka ALCAN Hwy) is totally paved from Mile Marker “0” in Dawson Creek, BC thru to Delta Junction, AK (Mile Marker 1422)… although you can then proceed onto Fairbanks, AK… which has a “corresponding” Mile Marker listed as 1522 (again that road… the Richardson Hwy, is also paved)

Likewise the route from Washington thru Canada, most commonly taken northward… be that thru Alberta or British Columbia onto Dawson Creek would also feature paved roads.

Where you run into issues with Rental Cars is if you decide to take your vehicle onto unpaved roads… and there are definitely some to be found in both these parts of Canada and the USA.  Just make a point of not venturing onto them when you are out exploring / day tripping.

For the record, Alaska is a long jaunt from the Lower 48.

In that you have to go thru a large portion of Canada BEFORE you even make it to the Alaska Border.

Seattle WA to Dawson Creek BC, via British Columbia is aprox 800 Miles (15-1/4 Hours Driving Time).  Then the Alaska Hwy up to Delta Junction, AK another aprox 28 Hours Driving Time… and onto Fairbanks… add on another 1-3/4 Hours.

So just in driving (not stopping and sightseeing along the way) = aprox 2269 Miles and 45 Hours of Driving Time ONE WAY !!

GOOGLE MAPS – Seattle WA to Fairbanks AK = http://goo.gl/maps/fdTUW

OR about the equivalent distance from Seattle WA to Toledo, OH (except that that drive is about 10 Hours shorter, because the Interstates in the lower 48 are much better)

If you go via Alberta and the Canadian Rockies… That extends to trip to aprox 2487 Miles and 49 Hours of Driving Time… again ONE WAY.

GOOGLE MAPS – Seattle WA to Fairbanks AK (via the Rockies) = http://goo.gl/maps/E4c7L

Plus lets face it, if you are going to do this once-in-a-lifetime trip… you’ll want to spend plenty of time enroute seeing all the amazing geographic sites… the scenery truly being out of this world !!  So you better have WEEKS of free time / vacation time to do so (one of the reason that Alaska vacations are soooo popular with Retirees and College Kids… who don’t have as many things to tie them to home as the rest of us)

Also, you should note that if you self-drive… there is ONLY ONE ROAD up and back … the Alaska Highway… so you will be doing the same route on the return.

All of these are reasons WHY so many people opt to fly to Alaska.  Or take a one-way cruise, and then do a organized land-tour that takes them the other direction (again as you said in your OP…  Expensive options)

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If you haven’t the time or the funds needed to do this adventure the way you envisioned… you might want to still consider a Canadian Honeymoon instead.  The Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are GORGEOUS… and have much to offer.  One could easily spend a week or two exploring either one.

Hope this helps,

PS… If you need more insight into BC or Alberta, just ask… as I have been to both (haven’t been to Alaska yet… but it is on my MUST DO list after I retire… have had Friends & Family go and they said it was SPECTACULAR)


Post # 9
384 posts
Helper bee

I fly from the east coast to AK every year, round trip we spend about 600 per person… you need to hunt for said deals! Second, Alaska has an abundance of paved roads. Driving is a major transportation system for the state. Have you ever looked into the train in AK? they have glass tops so you can see all the beauty. Anchorage is like any other city so plenty of transportation there. My favorite places are kenia to homer. Renting an RV may be the way to go because then you can camp in the state sites (which are very cheap)! Your going to want AT LEAST two weeks to explore since a whole day can be wasted just driving from place to place which is also a good reason for the RV. August is an amazing time for alaska. The end of red fishing and early silver fishing, dependent on the fish runs. And dont get me started on the trout! You should also stop at the princess cruise line hotels along the way. They typically have some amazing restaurant looking over some amazing view. The drive from denali to anchorage is all paved so you will be all set for that site seeing. Anyhoo I hope you enjoy your honeymoon because it really is a beautiful place.

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