Alaska Collection’s team of Alaska Travel Consultants are locals who have a deep knowledge about their home state.
Each member of the team has a strong connection to this remarkable place, and a story to share with visitors about how to make the most of your visit. We asked them to share some of their must-dos.
Here are some of their tips for the best places to visit in Alaska.
Jennifer Haas, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska
"The Ididaride Wilderness Dog Sled Ride & Tour is my favorite family tour in Alaska. I took my grandmother, mother, myself and my daughter on this trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. My mom’s favorite part was the serenity of sitting by a creek and listening to Alaska just “be Alaska”. Of course, my daughter enjoyed the puppy experience! She got to love and hug all the puppies! My favorite part was meeting an Iditarod-champion family – I was totally Alaskan star-struck!"
Our Real Alaska Tour includes the 1.5-hour Wilderness Dog Sled Ride and Tour and departs from Seward, Alaska.
Brandon Viena, born in Hawaii and living here in Alaska for 12 years
“If you have a day in Alaska and you don’t want to travel too far from Anchorage, then travel out towards Girdwood. Take the sky tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska or do one of my favorite hikes, Portage Pass Trail. If you want to be 10 feet away from a massive glacier, then the Portage Pass Trail is the best hike to do. The trail is 6 miles round-trip and requires some caution—I'd consider it an intermediate-level hike and you can enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls, mountains and Portage Glacier itself. In Girdwood, they also have lots of great local cuisine and the Wildlife Conservation Center is just 10 minutes away. It's definitely a great place to enjoy the beauty of Alaska!"
Visit the Alaska Wildlife and Conservation Center outside of Girdwood. Or try the Glacier Dog Sledding Tour to visit the Punchbowl Glacier.
Angela Pineda came to Alaska three years ago on vacation, she fell in love with the area and moved here!
"Every place we visit becomes our new favorite - the beauty just never ends. For a surreal off-the-grid experience don't miss the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island, nestled in a secluded cove in Resurrection Bay. Bring your favorite book and unplug."
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is located on Fox Island and accessed by boat from Seward, Alaska.
Laren Hammingh, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska
"I love going out to fish in Resurrection Bay in the summer. Every year, I make the beautiful drive to Seward to find adventure, amazing scenery and a variety of delicious fish. Charter fishing trips are my favorite because you get a variety of excitement reeling in the lively Silver Salmon, seeing the giant face of the yellow snappers as they near the surface and then the exhausting but rewarding feeling when you have hauled up that halibut from the bottom of the ocean floor. Every season is different with great fishing, amazing views of Resurrection Bay and sometimes the humpback whales even decided to give us a show!"
Seward, Alaska is the basecamp for adventures in Resurrection Bay.
Karen Siegfried, born and raised in Alaska
"Take the Denali Backcountry Adventure if you are staying at Denali Park Entrance. You'll go farther in than most tourists do and see everything!"
The Denali Backcountry Adventure runs June 5 through September 13, 2019.
Arizona Idsinga, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska
"I sure do love Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. If I had to choose another activity, it would absolutely be a flightseeing tour over Prince William Sound. It is one thing to be side by side to a glacier looking up at them, but to be flying over and taking in exactly how massive and majestic they are. This area is an incredible life moment."
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is located a boat ride from Seward, Alaska, with many activities located in the area.