General Travel Tips
First of all, give yourself plenty time and don’t plan too ambitious of a schedule. Alaska is a long trip for most people, passing through several time zones. There is so much to see and do here and the state is so huge that it will be impossible to do it all. Be sure to allow some down time in between activities.
Make your reservations early. It’s a short and very busy season here. Rental cars do get sold out early, especially SUV’S and minivans. Popular activities at peak times like King fishing on the Kenai River in July will fill up by early spring. Lodging on or near rivers during the peak salmon runs will sell out early as well. Don’t wait too long to book halibut charters and other guided activities either if you want to get the days (s) you prefer. We can help you out with that.
The weather in Jun-Aug in Alaska is very similar to the northernmost US. You can expect 60’s and low 70’s during the day, but it can get a little chilly at night, especially on or near the water with the wind. Loose and layered is the key for clothing. Be able to peel off layers as the day progresses and it warms up quickly. Some of my favorite clothing items are long sleeve turtleneck jerseys and flannel or fleece lined jeans. (check out www.LLBean.com ) At the same time, be prepared for an unexpected shower or two, and if you’re fishing or adventuring it’s a good idea to always have a light rain jacket with you or at least in the vehicle.
For road travel I’d highly recommend The Milepost. It’s a thick magazine type publication that is arranged by roads and contains a wealth of information. It will ensure that you don’t miss anything unique along the way. Try to keep binoculars and a camera handy while traveling. You never know when you’re going to see something special.
Be aware of your particular airlines weight and baggage restrictions and consolidate equipment as much as possible. (especially fishing poles) If you’re bringing your own coolers, anything bigger than 70qts. is a waste of space because it will weigh over the usual 50lb. restriction when full of fish. Also remember that whatever you pack in your cooler coming here, you’ll have to find space for going back because your cooler will be full of fishJ. You can opt to have your fish packed in fish boxes as well. Bring along a collapsible duffle bag to handle any extra gear/souvenirs/ etc. when you return home if needed.
If you have room in your cooler/baggage, handy things to pack that you’ll need would be gallon ziploc bags, large cinch type garbage bags, and any non perishable foods/snacks or liquor of choice if so inclined.
Allow at least two days before you leave for your fish to be processed and frozen, so it’s a good idea to schedule any activities other than fishing for your last full day here, or just use that day for catch and release, R&R, or shopping. Our fish processor will pack your catch in your coolers or 50 lb. fish boxes good for 48 hrs. If your flight itinerary requires you to spend the night prior in Anchorage, make sure that your hotel has freezer space to store your fish boxes/coolers of frozen fish. If you’re in a pinch the Airport has freezer storage space in the lower main terminal, but it will cost you about $15 per box/day. We recommend the Coast International Inn in Anchorage. They are very close to the airport, have a free airport shuttle, and most importantly have a game freezer to store your fish at no extra charge. The rooms run about $200/nt., but if you shop around you’ll find it’s very reasonable for what you get. The place has been completely redone inside, the rooms are big, and the staff is wonderful. Their phone # is 907-243-2233 and their website is:
We hope this information will be useful in planning your trip to “THE GREAT LAND”
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