Alaska: Unspoiled Nature & Wildlife – Become one with your environment!

 

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Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak. Population is around: 737.000 and the area covers exactly 1,717,854 square kilometers! Capital City is Juneau. Time Zone is: UTC-9.00. There is a portion of the Aleutian Islands that is west of 169° 30′ W longitude sits in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (UTC-10:00).

 

Alaska’s National Parks:

Denali National Park is one 400+ National Parks and Monuments the National Park Service Maintains, and one of 8 National Parks in Alaska alone. Nearly 400,000 people enjoy the Park annually, experiencing the grand vistas of the tundra, and searching for the untamed wildlife. Preservation efforts are paramount in Denali to ensure this sensitive ecosystem endures for generations.

Most visitors to Denali will limit their stay to the Park entrance, and explore the many trails near the Visitors Center. However, adventure seekers and those who are looking for a unique way to experience Denali National Park choose to stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. Located within the Park’s wilderness boundaries, the property offers visitors the opportunity explore the backcountry and unrivaled views, and relaxing in comfortable accommodations after a day’s adventure.

Alaska’s other National Parks include Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias, Katmai, Lake Clark, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, and Kobuk Valley. 

 

Where do you want to go?

Alaska is the largest state with the highest mountains, the most glaciers, the biggest moose and the longest days. For many people, an Alaska vacation is the trip of a lifetime, the one remembered and talked about the most.

Planning a trip to such a grand place with so many destinations and activities can be overwhelming.

WTG works closely with our partner “Alaska Collection” so we can tailor your Alaska Vacation Package to suit every group at no additional cost.

Whether you are looking for Alaska day trips and activities, a hotel room, an Alaska cruise, or a complete Alaska Vacation package, our entire team is looking forward to help you plan a captivating and fulfilling Alaska travel experience.

 

Denali National Park & Interior:

Surrounded by pristine nature, braided glacial rivers and broad wilderness, Denali National Park and Interior Alaska is the heartland of the state. Explore the significant Denali National Park for an essential Alaskan outdoor experience like no other and watch moose, grizzly bears and caribou roam free. Celebrate the historic tales and culture of Alaska’s gold miners, Athabascan Indians and trappers. Witness the natural phenomena of the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, or eat up the lively energy and cornucopia of outdoor bliss of small towns like Talkeetna. Adventures abound in Denali National Park and Interior Alaska. In the land of snow-capped peaks, endless expanses of tundra and natural wonders, you’ll find one of the most beautifully distinct vacation spots you can imagine.

 

Anchorage & Southcentral Alaska:

Southcentral Alaska flourishes with plenty of iconic highlights ready to explore for any independent traveler. From Alaska’s largest metropolitan city Anchorage, to the rugged beauty of the Kenai Fjords, the striking diversity within this region is endless. Explore the resident wildlife of Seward, bask in the surrounding beauty of Valdez at the edge of Prince William Sound, discover the icy expanse of Portage Glacier or enjoy the excellent fishing opportunities of Cooper Landing. Visit Anchorage, the gateway to towering mountain peaks, mighty glaciers, diverse wildlife, and wide open ocean views. Whether you’re looking for a thriving eclectic arts scene in Homer or an immense stretch of natural wilderness in Wrangell-St. Elias, you’ll find limitless opportunities for adventure here. For a complete Alaska experience, consider adding Denali National Park to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

 

Juneau & Inside Passage:

The thrum of cruise and ferry voyagers is an ordinary accent to the lively coastal towns and scenic outdoors of Alaska’s Inside Passage. From grand glaciers and waterways to reminiscent Gold Rush towns, visitors have a wealth of sights and scenes to discover in this region.

It’s hard to miss the incredible icy wilderness of glaciers and icebergs or stellar whale watching spectacles in Glacier Bay National Park and the dashing state capital, Juneau. Head to the forested hills of Ketchikan and behold the towering totem poles of the Native Indians or cast your line in one of the finest salmon fisheries. Travel back in time to the antiquated Gold Rush days in the community of Skagway where the frontier spirit runs through the veins of the costume-clad locals and the boardwalk-fronted shops. Wander through the gallant town of Sitka where its Russian influence lingers and is exposed through extravagant dome architecture and the fine art of dance.

South-East Alaska is best visited as part of an Alaskan Cruise.  However, for a complete Alaska experience, you may consider adding a pre- or post-trip to visit South-Central and Denali National Park to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

 

Katmai and Lake Clark Tours:

From the inspiring chiseled peaks of the Alaska and Aleutian mountain ranges, glacier-clad volcanoes to the wide expanses of verdant tundra and ribbons of meandering rivers, Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park are laden with opportunities to experience nature at its wildest.

In the southwestern coast of Alaska, Katmai and Lake Clark National Park and Preserves are two of the best locales for viewing the characteristic brown bears forage while the river salmon run an incredible display.

For a complete Alaska experience, consider adding Denali National Park to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

 

Arctic Alaska Tours

Arctic Alaska’s remote geography guarantees an immaculate expanse of pristine landscape and cultural experiences ready to explore. This Far North region is sparsely populated and majority of the local residents are the resident caribou, bears and marine wildlife.

Whether you seek an unforgettable backcountry hiking trip through the protected lands of the Gates of the Arctic National Park, discover the history, culture and traditions of the native Alaskans in Barrow, or wish to cross the legendary Arctic Circle, Alaska’s far north will leave you with lifetime memories and an incredibly unique experience to share with your family and friends back home.

For a complete Alaska experience, consider adding Denali National Park to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

 

 

Climate:

Weather in Alaska and within Denali National Park can be quite unpredictable. Generally, Alaska experiences mild summers, with temperatures in 50’s and 60’s (10’s and 20’s °C). It is not uncommon to have temperatures in the 70’s (25° C) during the middle of the summer and on the rare occasion the 80’s or 90’s. The first week of June, the last two weeks of August, and all of September can be even more unpredictable with a chance of snow and freezing temperatures. At the beginning and end of the season, plan on cold weather.

 

Clothing:

The climate in Alaska varies across the State and according to the season. There are four distinct seasons in all regions, but actual temperatures and humidity varies. Your best bet for comfort in Alaska is to dress in layers, as the weather can change rapidly.

What you want to bring with you:

Rain Gear

A good quality two-piece rain suit with a hood is a must. It should be made of coated nylon, with factory-sealed seams. The expensive “Gore-Tex” variety is not really necessary; however, you may opt for this if you think you may have use for it again. Plastic ponchos or vinyl rain suits tear easily and are not recommended.

Hiking Boots

Comfortable, lightweight and water repellent materials are best suited for the terrain you’ll experience on your visit to Denali National Park. Wool socks and synthetic liners provide extra comfort and warmth.

Pants

You will want to bring a couple pairs of comfortable and durable pants. We recommend bringing along a pair of shorts, just in case.

Shirts

T-shirts, flannel shirts, light-weight long sleeves and turtlenecks are all good options to pack and layer.

Warm Jackets & Fleece

A fleece or pile jacket and/or a wool sweater are great to layer for extra warmth.

Hats

A brimmed hat is recommended for sun protection, and a wool hat is always nice to have handy.

Day Pack or Hip Pack

A pack is useful to take along on the many opportunities for day hikes in Alaska. We also recommend bringing along a quart water bottle, too.

Insect Repellent

During early summer, the mosquitoes in Alaska can be quite thick in areas. We recommend bringing insect repellent with you. The varieties with higher percentage of DEET tend to be the most effective, but natural repellents with citronella are more gentle on your skin. Creams and pumps are generally more eco-friendly than aerosols.

Optional, but encouraged:

Binoculars, camera, sunscreen and sunglasses.

 

Currency:

Currency can be exchanged at airports or foreign exchange services, but the best exchange rate is to found at any of the United States banks.  The major banks are: Wells Fargo, First National Bank, Alaska USA, Alaska Pacific Bank and Northrim Bank Minimum hours of operation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Extended hours can be found in some cities.  Automated teller machines (ATMs) are common throughout Alaska, and as well as being located in banks, they can be found in some grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping centers, bus depots, train stations and elsewhere.  Please note that most ATMs will charge a service fee for use.  The machine will normally advise the amount of the fee before the transaction starts.

 

Customs & Immigration:

All international visitors must clear United States Customs and Immigration at the first US airport at which they arrive.  Visitors will receive customs documents from in-flight personnel to complete before landing.  Once on the ground, retrieve your luggage and follow the directions to the Customs Hall.  Visitors will be required to state what articles they are bringing into the United States, country of origin, their U.S. destination and their duration of visit in the United States.

When leaving the United States, the regulations of the destination country will apply.  Check with the airline customer service desk if you are uncertain about any of these regulations.

 

Electricity:

Alaska’s electricity is supplied at an alternating current of 110 volts.  Plugs in the United States are either two flat, parallel prongs, or one cylindrical and two flat parallel prongs.

 

General Tax & Sales Tax:

The State of Alaska currently does not have a sales and use tax. However, some local jurisdictions impose local sales taxes.  Local sales tax rates range from a low of 1% to a high of 8%.  The “typical” sales tax rates are from 2%-5%.

Anchorage: 0% (Sales), 12% (Bed Tax), 8% (car rental); Delta Junction, 0%; Denali: 0% (sales), 7% (Bed); Fairbanks: 0% (Sales),

8% (bed), 5% (Alcohol), 8% (Tobacco); Homer: 7.5% (Sales); Seward: 7% (Sales), 4% (Bed); Valdez: 6% (Bed); Whittier 5% (Sales)

 

Gratuities:

Service charges usually are not included on bills in restaurants or bars in Alaska.  It is standard practice to tip service personnel 15% – 20% of the bill.  The customary gratuity to guides and motor coach drivers is $2-$5 per person per day.  This should be handled on a voluntary, individual basis.

 

Taxi:

Meter-operated taxicab service is available in all major cities and towns; at transport terminals; major hotels, and can be hailed in the street. Refer to the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory. Fees include a minimum charge and then a charge for the distance travelled. It is customary to tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%. Passengers must wear seatbelts.

 

Transportation:

Throughout most of Alaska, conventional transportation is scarce and the bush plane is often referred to as the SUV of Alaska. Fortunately central Alaska travel, from Seward to Fairbanks, offers more conventional transportation systems like the Alaska Railroad, and popular car rentals.

 

WTG can arrange the following for you throughout Alaska:

  • Air Taxi
  • Cruise & Land Tours
  • Rail Trips
  • Rental Cars
  • Motorcoach
  • Flights

A combination of all the above!

 

 

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