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Alaska Travel Questions

Here are some common questions and answers about Alaska travel. You may also wish to visit our new "Ask An Expert" section or see more detailed answers on our Blog. Remember, don't ever hesitate to contact us directly with any questions either by phone at 800-208-0200 or online.

Can I see the Northern Lights in the Summer?
Does Alaska take US Currency?
How do I get to Alaska?
How many hours of daylight in the summer?
How much do meals cost?
How much does gas cost?
Is Denali and Mt. McKinley the same thing?
What does self-guided mean?
What is the Park Connection?
What is the time difference in Alaska?
What is the weather like in Southcentral Alaska?
What is the weather like in the Interior?
What type of animals might I see in Denali?
What type of animals might I see in Kenai Fjords?
What type of clothing should I be packing?
When should I make my reservations?

Can I see the Northern Lights in the Summer?

Usually not because of the daylight. To see the Northern Lights it needs to be dark, cold and clear out. The best time to see them is in the winter between November - March.

Does Alaska take US Currency?

Alaska is the 49th state in the US. We do take US Currency, we also take personal checks for deposits and final payments on tour packages and major credit cards like discover, visa and master card.

How do I get to Alaska?

There are three different ways to get to Alaska. One way is flying from the lower 48 into Anchorage or Fairbanks. The second way is by cruise ship from Vancouver and the third way to get to Alaska is by driving the good old Alaska Highway.

How many hours of daylight in the summer?

  May - between 17 and 18 hours
  June - between 19 and 21 hours
  July - between 18 and 20 hours
  August - between 15 and 16 hours
  September - between 12 and 13 hours

How much do meals cost?

For the cost of meals it depends on where you eat and what you like, but on average meals can cost:
  Breakfast - $8.00 to $12.00 per person
  Lunch - $9.00 to $13.00 per person
  Dinner - $12.00 to $40.00 per person

How much does gas cost?

Gases prices in Anchorage and Fairbanks tend to run just above major cities in the continental United States, and often rise as you travel to more remote locations in Alaska.

Is Denali and Mt. McKinley the same thing?

Yes. Denali the "High One" is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600 mile long Alaska Range. Denali is also the name of an immense national park and preserve created from the former Mt. McKinley National Park. In 2015 the name of the mountain was officially changed from Mt. McKinley to Mt. Denali.

What does self-guided mean?

Self-guided means that you are not with the same group of people and one guide through out your trip.

What is the Park Connection?

The Park Connection is a daily motorcoach service provided by Alaska Tour & Travel, linking Denali National Park and Seward (Kenai Fjords National Park). The afternoon trip north to Denali includes a stop at the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, as well as some of the best views of Mt. Denali in the state, weather permitting. Your trip south of Anchorage to Seward offers spectacular scenery as you travel the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Our knowledgeable driver-guide will offer tour highlights along the route, and photo stops will be made. For more information see our Park Connection motorcoach page.

What is the time difference in Alaska?

Alaska has its own time zone and we also have daylight savings. Alaska is:
  4 hours behind the Eastern Time Zone
  3 hours behind the Central Time Zone
  2 hours behind the Mountain Time Zone
  1 hour behind the Pacific Time Zone

What is the weather like in Southcentral Alaska?

Southcentral Alaska includes Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Matanuska and Susitna River Valleys.
  May - 54' high / 38' low
  June - 61' high / 47' low
  July - 65' high / 51' low
  August - 63' high / 49' low
  September - 55' high / 41' low

What is the weather like in the Interior?

The Interior of Alaska includes Denali National Park and Fairbanks.
  May - 59' high / 38' low
  June - 70' high / 49' low
  July - 72' high / 52' low
  August - 66' high / 47' low
  September - 54' high / 36' low

What type of animals might I see in Denali?

Denali is known for its land wildlife such as:
  Caribou
  Wolf
  Moose
  Grizzly Bear
  Dall Sheep
  Arctic Ground Squirrel

What type of animals might I see in Kenai Fjords National Park?

Kenai Fjords National Park is home to many animals such as:
  Sea Otters
  Orcas
  Humpback Whales
  Harbor Seals
  Steller Sea Lions
  Tufted Puffins
  Black Oyster Catcher
  Dall Sheep
  Black Bears

What type of clothing should I be packing?

When packing for Alaska you want to pack for both rain and sunshine. Layers is the best way to go. Alaska is very causal. Jeans, slacks, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes.

When should I make my reservations?

You should make your reservations as soon as you know your dates of travel. By doing this early you will not have any problems booking tours, lodging and transportation. Even though you are booking early you still have up until 45 days prior to your arrival to cancel and get a full refund on most activities.

Travel Questions

Can I see the Northern Lights in the Summer?
Does Alaska take US Currency?
How do I get to Alaska?
How many hours of daylight in the summer?
How much do meals cost?
How much does gas cost?
Is Denali and Mt. McKinley the same thing?
What does self-guided mean?
What is the Park Connection?
What is the time difference in Alaska?
What is the weather like in Southcentral Alaska?
What is the weather like in the Interior?
What type of animals might I see in Denali?
What type of animals might I see in Kenai Fjords?
What type of clothing should I be packing?
When should I make my reservations?

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