(Closed) We want to go to Alaska, but not on a cruise

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve never been to Alaska, so I can’t give any advice.

But don’t go into the woods while on your period!

The bears can smell the menstration!

…that’s definitely an Anchorman joke.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’ve never gone to Alaska, but I know some people who have and they’ve all done cruises. When I was going to intern up there for the summer, though, I had to look into travelling via plane, etc.

Basically, you’ll have to fly to one of their big cities (i.e. Anchorage) and then possibly take little passenger planes out to where you want to go. That’s all I got lol.

Good luck! I hear Alaska is beautiful!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m not sure what your budget is, or the time of year that you are planning on going, but Alaska is a haven for sport fishermen and hunters alike, there’s also some amazing food to be had as well as pretty mind blowing glacier tours if you time it right!  Hotel Alyeska is nice and the Saltery Lodge is new and lookin good!  Don’t forget to check VRBO, that’s vacation rental by owner, there are some amazing homes on private islands for rent that could be just the right spot for a secluded honeymoon! 

Good luck and enjoy, make sure to eat at Humpy’s, it’s the best!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I did the Alaskan cruise and it was actually really fun- Definitely throw a trip to Canada in there if you’re able to. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Lava:  Anchroage or Fairbanks.You can drive around between the two to hit up Denali, but if you want to see some major glacier action you will need to fly elsewhere. Places like Juneau are only accessible by plane or boat as no roads connect to it.

What kind of companies are you looking for? A tour company to plan your whole trip or just portions?

A cruise with a land portion at the beginning/end is the best way to see everything at a reasonable cost but definitely not the only way to see the lovely state.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This Bee lives in Wasilla Alaska, I bet if you PMed her she would answer any questions that you have. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you base yourself out of Anchorage there are so many things you can do!  I stayed with a friend in Fairbanks two years ago and then we road tripped down to Anchorage hitting up Denali on the way.  It is so incredibly beautiful!

The drive from Anchorage south to Seward is equally as stunning.  If you want to see glaciers you can take a five hour cruise out of Whittier.  My friend and I did this and we throughly enjoyed it.  We used Major Marine Tours.  I highly recommend it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@beachbride1216:  I looked into this when I went to Alaska and it was way out of my budget.  Looks like it would be amazing if you can afford it.  Renting a car is a much cheaper option and if there isn’t a chance of snow, driving in Alaska is extremely easy (in my opinion). 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Darling Husband and I went to Alaska about a year ago.  We flew into Anchorage, rented a car, and drove to Haines to do some mountaineering and sea kayaking.  On the way back, we stopped and did a short 4-day backpacking trip in Wrangell – St. Elias.  I’m not sure what exactly you are looking to do, but we used Alaska Mountain Guides for our mountaineering and sea kayaking trip and LOVED them.  (I’m not sure if they do anything out of Anchorage though.) I think flying into Anchorage and renting a car is the best way to go.  You can drive up to Denali and catch a bus into the park, head over to Fairbanks, and/or head down to the coast and take a day cruise to see some glaciers.  I would also try and make it over to Glacier Bay – I’ve heard that place is magical. You could also rent a care in Juneau, but then you’d have to pay for a ferry to take to you to Haines or Skagway but then you’re kinda of stuck in those areas unless you want to make a long car trip.  It’s a 16 hour drive from Haines to Anchorage.  Granted it was the easiest 16 hours of driving I have ever done, but it’s still a long way to go.

If you do rent a car and drive, DEFINITELY DEFINITELY get a copy of The Mile Post

http://milepost.com/

There is a whole lot of nothing in Alaska and you can go for hours without seeing anyone or anything and are frequently out of cell range.  This guide gives you a mile-by-mile description of what’s around and where you can find gas, food, lodging, and talks about landmarks and other things worthy of note.  It’s super helpful.

I also second spending some time at the Hotel Alyeska (near Anchorage).  It is a very nice place with beautiful views of the mountains. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Alaska, so maybe I can help!

The best place to fly into would be Anchorage, and definitely rent a car. If you’re coming in the summer, then driving won’t be a problem at all.

One road that is gorgeous and most tourists don’t know about is the trip from Fairbanks to Valdez. It’s absolutely gorgeous and you get to see the best parts of Alaska. 

I have a ton of information, so if you want to send me a message I would be happy to help!

 

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