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Cruise Packing List

Here lies the problem in packing for a cruise:

You want to pack the basics of what you NEED for a cruise so you will be comfortable on your vacation; so you pack for every possible scenario. This ultimately leads to over packing.

What you need is a plan. A simple blueprint to help you pack for your cruise to keep from over packing.

To walk you through this we have put together 8 tips to optimize your cruise packing list today.

Ultimately, we’re giving you The Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Suitcase

 

Cruise Packing List: Chapters

Chapter 1: Cruise Planning – Chapter 2: Best Electronics – Chapter 3:  What To Pack

Chapter 4: Alaska Cruise Packing – Chapter 4: Caribbean Cruise – Chapter 5: Packing For Women

 Chapter 7: Packing For Men – Chapter 8: Packing With Kids – Download: Infographic


 

Chapter One: Cruise Planning Guide

Cruise Planning Guide

If you are planning for your first-time cruise or you cruise so much you think you should steer the ship, these resources will help get your cruise off on the right foot.

Planning a cruise with a little research will not only help you to be stress free prior to your cruise, but also show you how to be laser specific when packing.

Check out these 9 tips for how to plan a cruise:

 

 


Chapter 2: Best electronics to pack on a cruise

Best Electronics for a cruise

Now that you have an itinerary of what you are doing on your cruise and what the climate will be like, now is the time to really have some fun.

Choosing which electronics to bring on a cruise is one of the most popular topics when packing for a cruise. This is where we can use technology to really help us save some space in our luggage!

Electronics can make your cruising experience amazing, here are 8 tips how:

 

 

Chapter 3: What To Pack For A Cruise

What to pack for a cruise

Before we could even start getting into what to pack for a cruise, we mentioned planning for a cruise and the best electronics for a cruise.

Those chapters sets the stage for what we should pack by allowing us to know more about our cruise ship, climate, excursions, port activities and what devices will allow us to have a better cruising experience.

By gathering that much needed information, it will help us form The Perfectly Optimized Suitcase.

Let’s take all the information that we gathered to find out what to pack for a cruise using these 7 great resources:

 

 

Chapter 4: Alaska Cruise Packing List

alaska cruise packing list

Hang on one second! Packing for an Alaska cruise is quite a bit different than packing for a Caribbean cruise.

Alaska is one of the last adventurous raw locations on earth. With its ever-changing climate, breathtaking views and wildlife, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. But before you book your Alaska small ship cruise, check out these Alaska travel tips.

As the average temperatures ranges from 48 degrees to 67 degrees May through September. Alaska is the cruising destination that will have you kneeling on your suitcase in order to close it. Read more on the best time to go on a cruise in Alaska

If you are traveling to Alaska from outside the United States, here are the Visa and Passport requirements to read before you go.

To help you achieve a perfectly optimized suitcase, check out these 9 Alaska Cruise Packing topics:

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Caribbean Cruise Packing List

Caribbean Cruise packing list

There are few places on earth that are as pristine as the Caribbean. The turquoise water, warm weather and local cultures make going on a Caribbean Cruise a must for every family type. As you can travel to the Caribbean year round, here is a great article on the best time to travel to the Caribbean.

No matter what time of year you decide to go on a cruise through the Caribbean, this is the ultimate trip where you can PACK ULTRALIGHT!

Ultra light cruise packing
Ok, maybe your suitcase won’t be this small, but you get the idea đź™‚

But before you start packing for your trip, take a look at this Caribbean Travel Guide to give you insight as to what to expect when you travel.

If by the off chance you are overzealous and have reached this page because you want to know what to pack but haven’t selected a cruise ship yet, here are 20 Best Caribbean Cruises. I know you want to know what to pack for a cruise, but don’t forget to book a cruise too 🙂

With all that said, here are 7 tips on how to pack for a Caribbean cruise.

 

 

Chapter 6: Cruise Packing List for Women

Cruise packing list for women

Don’t get stressed out with everything that you have to plan and pack for your cruise.

This cruise packing list for women is designed to keep you from agonizing over every little piece so that you can get the most out of everything you pack.

Check out our cruise packing list for women.

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Cruise Packing List for Men

cruise packing list for men

Men have it easy when packing for a cruise!

Why?

Because quite a bit of your outfits, yep I said “outfits”, in a man’s suitcase are incredibly versatile and suitable for just about every activity. Think about it, one pair of khakis shorts can be worn on excursions as well as for semi-formal nights.

This will help to remove the “Do I have everything” feeling before you leave. 

Get the cruise packing list for men here.

 

 

Chapter 8: Cruise Packing List for kids

cruise packing list for kids

Putting together a cruise packing list for kids can be very tough.

You don’t need to worry. We’ve taken the stress out of trying to decide what to pack for your kids in our cruise packing list. The following packing list is for every age range that your kids may be in, whether they are a infant, toddler, preschooler, middle schooler or teenager.

Here are some great tips if you would like to know how to cruise with a baby. If you have never cruised with a baby, here are some do’s and don’t’s.

Obviously you can’t pack everything you need / want, so be sure to Google: “Your Cruise Ship” + rental, to find a list of what’s available to make your cruising experience better.

Maybe you are going on a cruise with your teenage friends, here is a teenage packing list you can email them to bring.

Before checking out this section, you should check out our cruise packing list chapter on best electronics for cruises. In that guide we go over the incredible benefits of tablets and other electronics that make cruising with kids more pleasurable

Cruise Packing List For Kids:

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What are your must have items that you have on your cruise packing list? Share them in the comments section below.

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Things To Do In Petersburg Alaska

Petersburg Alaska Travel Information

What to do in Petersburg, Alaska

  • Alaska Cruise – Of course we’re a little partial in suggesting an Alaska cruise, but this has to be one of the best things to do in Petersburg, Alaska. This gives you the best of both worlds, traveling Petersburg, sighseeing, whale watching, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing and of course, eating the best Alaskan cuisine available. Browse this site to read more about cruising from Petersburg.
  • Fishing: There are various fishing streams and lakes that can be accessed by road or if you prefer join an ocean fishing charter.
  • Sea Kayaking: Explore the protected waters of the Wrangell Narrows. Guided and unguided Sea Kayak Adventures are available from Tongass kayak Adventures. 907-772-4600.
  • Hikes: There is a wealth of wonderful hiking trails around Petersburg, from short walks to overnight hikes. For detailed trail information contact the Petersburg Ranger District Offices (907-772-3871) or for trail maps try the Visitor Center.
  • Eagle Roost Park: This is an excellent place to view eagles roosting in trees, or take the trail down to the waters edge and watch the eagles and the waterfowl or explore the tide pools at low tide.
  • Clausen Memorial Museum: The best place to go to learn about Petersburg’s colorful history. The museum houses a wide variety of memorabilia, from Alaska Native Artifacts to early commercial fishing and processing gear. You can also view a wide selection of videos about the culture and history of Petersburg.
  • Petersburg Marine Mammal Center: Offers information, an awesome interactive whale learning display and videos on whales and marine mammals of South East Alaska. The centers mission is to assist researchers and help develop programs on local marine life.
  • Visit Downtown Petersburg: From Galleries to Outfitter stores, Petersburg has a great deal to offer. Stroll through town and look down to see the inlaid bronze artwork in the sidewalks or look up to see the Norwegian rosemailing that adorns the shop fronts and make sure you don’t miss Sing Lee Alley Books. Nearby is the hustle and bustle of the canneries and fishing fleet. Walk around the boardwalk streets of Hammer Slough the tidal mouth of a creek that feeds the waterfront.
  • Explore Mitkov Island: Take your own vehicle or rent one and journey out on the road to experience the largest temperate rainforest in the world. Visit Blind River Rapids fishing area hike the Ohmer Creek Trail and walk the beaches of Sumner straight. Explore the muskegs or visit the Man Made swimming hole and picnic area.

Petersburg, Alaska Restaurants

    • Joan Mei Restaurant – Excellent Chinese in a large, bright dining room.
      • Rooneys Northern Lights – Amazing Location on pilings overlooking the boat harbor.
    • Alaskafe – Pleasant for lunches with local art exhibits and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our Alaska small ship cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

About Petersburg, Alaska

Things to do in petersburg alaska

Petersburg, Alaska had its’ beginnings in the 1890’s when Norwegian pioneers settled there. It is a picturesque small town that still makes its living from the sea and still proudly embraces its Norwegian heritage today.

Modern day Petersburg has a population of just over 3,000 people and the town has grown into one of the largest fishing communities in Alaska. Halibut, salmon, herring and crab are all fished for today, much like they were when this prosperous community was founded. Petersburg has remained an authentic and peaceful small town, largely due to the fact that the big cruise ships can’t enter its narrow harbor.

The town is unspoiled by throngs of tourists and tacky gift shops; instead you will find family owned grocery and hardware stores and a bustling fish market.


Where is it? (see map)

Petersburg is located in South East Alaska on Mitkov Island, which is divided from the much larger Kupreanof Island by a channel called the Wrangell Narrows. Mitkov Island sits in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage with Frederick Sound being the other main body of water to surround it.


Getting To Petersburg, Alaska

By Air
Alaska Airlines
0800-252-7522, www.alaskaair.com
Provides a twice daily jet service from Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK with several stops in between.

L.A.B. Flying Service provides service between Petersburg, Juneau, and nearby Kake on Kupreanof Island with single and dual-engine aircraft.

By Sea
The Alaska Marine Highway System
0800-642-0066, www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs
serves Petersburg with several ferries. The main departure points heading north to Petersburg are Bellingham, WA and Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, which connects with the British Columbia Ferry System. From the north, the ferry system is accessible from the Alcan Highway at Skagway (via Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) or at Haines (via Haines Junction, Yukon Territory).

By Land (but still requiring a ferry ride):
There is no road access to Petersburg. However if you wish to take you car to Petersburg you can catch the Alaska Marine Highway system (see above) at a road accessed port town.



 

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Things To Do In Yakutat Alaska

Things to do in yakutat alaska

Yakutat is located among the lowlands around the Gulf of Alaska, 200 miles northwest of Juneau and 230 miles southeast of Cordova. It lies at the mouth of the Yakutat Bay and is in close proximity to The Hubbard and Malaspina Glaciers.

Translated, Yakutat means “the place where canoes rest”. Planning on harvesting sea otter pelts, Russian explorers founded the Russian-American Company and built a fort in Yakutat in 1805. After a skirmish with the native Tlingits, the post was attacked and destroyed.

Yakutat’s economy is very dependent of fishing, fish processing and government. 174 residents of Yakutat hold commercial fishing permits. Recreational fishing opportunities are world-class. There isboth saltwater and freshwater fishing in the Situk River. Most of the residents of Yakutat depend on subsistence hunting and fishing. Trout, shellfish, salmon, moose, bear, and goats are all harvested.

Yakutat is characterized by its relatively mild, frequently rainy weather. It receives some of the heaviest precipitation in the state. The community consists of approximately 800 people, at least 60% of which are natives.

Contact Us for information on booking a cruise that may involve Yakutat as one of its destinations.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our small ship Alaska cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Valdez Alaska

Things to do in valdez alaska

Valdez Alaska is a city of contrasts. Infamous for the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, Valdez is the end of the line for the Alaskan pipeline. In its port, huge oil tankers take oil to refineries along the west coast.

Many relish the summers in Valdez, referring to the city as a northern Hawaii because of its green and lush hillsides. Others are impressed with the winters and the extreme weather they can bring. Downtown Valdez frequently gets over 30 feet of snow during the winter.

Because of the natural beauty, visitors flock to the area for activities likes fishing, kayaking, rafting, flight seeing and glacier cruises. Valdez Alaska halibut charters are extremely common and frequently reap handsome rewards. Guided raft trips through the spectacular Keystone Canyon and past immense waterfalls are also available. There are also a number of hiking trails around Valdez, including some that go up glaciers.

Valdez is a place of great beauty and once in a lifetime opportunities for adventure activities. A visit to Valdez is sure to be worthwhile.
Contact us with questions or for information on booking an Alaskan adventure cruise to Valdez today!

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our top Alaska cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Cordova Alaska Travel Information

Cordova Alaska Travel Information

Cordova, Alaska has a population of just over 2,300 people and was given it’s name by spanish explorer Salvador Fidalgo back in 1790.

Cordova is mainly considered a tourist city even though it requires a ferry / plain trip to get there because there are no roads in or out of the town.

Some of the main tourist attractions for Cordova are as follows:

    • Skiing:
    • Hiking:
    • Sea Kayking – Prince Williams Sound
    • Cordova Museum
    • Iceworm Festival
    • King Solmon Derby
      • Silver Salmon Derby
    • Mountain Biking

View all of our Alaska travel information here. If you are traveling to Alaska, you may consider going on an 7 day cruise of the Inside Passage. View all of our Alaska cruise information here.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our best 7 day Alaska cruise here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Girdwood Alaska

Things to do in girdwood alaska

Mountains meet the sea is this cozy, vibrant, and always changing community of about 2,000 people. Located on the Turnagain Arm and completely surrounded by national forrests and state parks, Girdwood is a short 35 miles from downtown Anchorage.

Alyeska Resort is located at the bose of the Chugach Mountains, just off of Turnagain Arm. The ski resort operates a tram which climbs 2,300 feet of Mount Alyeska in about five minutes. The views from the top of the tram are spectacular, and the mountain boasts great skiing and snowboarding.

Another point of interest in Girdwood is the Crow Creek Mine. The mine, which is on the register of National Historic Places, invites visitors to try their luck at panning gold. The mine is about three miles up Crow Creek Road and is open from May to September.

Girdwood is also home to the annual Forest Fair. The festival hosts many musicians and booths from which handcrafted Alaskan goods are sold. The festival is free and takes place on the first weekend of July.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our Alaska inside passage cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Prince Of Wales Island

Things To do in price of wales island alaska

Prince of Wales island is the third largest Island in the United States. The only bigger islands are Hawaii and Kodiak.

Located in outer Ketchikan country, Prince of Wales Island is heavily forested and includes the Coast Mountain Range. The island in mostly designated as national forest land, including five designated wilderness areas.

One of the best ways to visit the Price of Wales island is by booking a private Alaskan cruise. This way you can have a custom itinerary where you can view whales jumping, bears, eagles and more.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our inside passage cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Seward Alaska

things to do in seward alaska

Named after William H. Seward, Seward is one of Alaska’s most popular towns, largely because of its scenery, wildlife, and fishing. Resurrection Bay is a popular destination for sightseers and fishermen alike. During the summer months, Seward is busy with cruise ship and railway traffic.

Populated by nearly 3,000 residents, Seward was incorporated in 1912.  It was the supply base for Alaska Railroad construction between 1915 and 1923. The famous earthquake of 1964 created tsunamis that destroyed sections of the town and claimed several lives.

Today the city relies on commercial fishing, tourism, the transport industry, and a state prison for its economy. More then 300,000 cruise ship passengers come through the town each summer.

Kenai Fiords National Park and Misty Fiords National Monument are two commonly visited destinations and make for wonderful places to cruise. Humpback whales, killer whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, bald eagles and puffins are just some of the wildlife that inhabit the area. Whittier alaska charters are quite common and very rewarding.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our last minute Alaska cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Whittier Alaska

Things to do in whittier alaska

Whittier and its population of a few hundred sit right on Prince William Sound. Situated on the northeast edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Visitors to Whittier can enjoy many activities both on the water and on the shore.

The big buildings that comprise Whittier were built in 1948. The army built a 14-story, 198 apartment building for family housing and Army bachelors quarters. The Buckner Building, which was completed in 1953, has 1,000 apartments. At one time it was the largest building in Alaska. It’s been dubbed the “city under one roof” because of its hospital, bowling alley, theater, gym, swimming pool and various shops. The facility remained active until 1960. In 1964 the building was converted to condominiums and today houses the majority of Whittier residents.

Besides the sound, Whittier is only accessible one route. The 2.5. mile long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connects Whittier to the rest of Alaska. The $70 million road was completed in summer 2000. The tunnel has one lane which is shared by buses, trains, and cars.

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our best small ship Alaska cruises here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

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Things To Do In Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage Alaska is once in a lifetime trip.

Anchorage has so much to offers travelers. There is a wide range of activities to take part in, Wonderful food/drink to enjoy, and nice and comfortable places to stay. Be sure to view our complete list of Alaska Travel information here. 

Here are 5 things to do in Anchorage Alaska:

Alaska Railroad

  1. Alaska Railroad: 411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1635, Ph:1 800-544-0552, Website: https://www.alaskarailroad.com

The Alaska Railroad’s main line stretches 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad operates year round. The summer is the busiest time of year to ride the train from mid-May to mid-September, from mid-September to mid-May is the slowest time of year to ride the train.  All ages can ride the train, and the price range varies. Here is a link to the trains fare prices https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/fares.  

  1. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center:  625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501-3544, Ph: 1 907-929-9201, Website: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org

The Anchorage Museum has a combination of art, history and science and has something for all ages. Price: Free to members and Free for age 2 and under, $15 Adult, $12 Alaska resident, $10 Senior, Student, Military with ID, $7 Children ages 3-12

Summer hours that the museum is open is from May 1st- Sept.30th 9am-6pm M-F

Winter hours that the museum is open is from Oct.1st- April 30th 10am-6pm Tues.-Sat. Noon-6pm Sun. and Closed on Mon.

  1. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center:  Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587, Ph: 1 907-783-2025, Website: https://www.alaskawildlife.org

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization that provides education to the public on preserving Alaska’s wildlife.  They take in orphaned or injured wildlife to care for them and hopefully release them back into the wild. The center is open 7 days a week 8am-8pm.  If you go to the conservation center there are many programs/tours they offer. A tour behind the scenes is for ages 10 and up and the price is $100.00 per person and offered May 1st- Sept.15th.  There are many programs offered and they are free to all visitors. The hours range depending on weather and feeding times. Check the website for exact times.

  1.  Alaska Native Heritage Center: 8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504-6100, Ph: 1 907-330-8000, Website: http://www.alaskanative.net

At the Alaska Native Heritage Center visitors of all ages learn about the Native culture and traditions of the indigenous people of Alaska. The center provides many educational programs and guided tours.  The summer hours they are open are May 14th- mid Sept. 9am-5pm every day. The price for a tour starts at $159.00

  1.    Tony Knowles Coastal Trail:  To access the trail go all the way to the northeast end of West 2nd Ave. near the railroad depot, at the extreme southwest end at Kincaid Chalet. Website:  http://anchoragecoastaltrail.com/index.php

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail winds along the coast for 11 miles it starts downtown to the chalet at Kincaid Park and is the most popular trail in Anchorage. Its free and is open year round for hiking, biking, skiing, running, and  rollerblading.

Bonus Thing To Do In Alaska:

One of the best things to do in Alaska is to go for a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage. Custom Alaska Cruises offers a one of a kind Alaska small ship cruise experience. View the link to read more about cruising in Alaska. Cruising in Alaska is one of the best ways to see Alaska up close and have experience adventure at it’s fullest!

Top 5 Restaurants In Anchorage, Alaska

Glacier Brewhouse Anchorage Alaska

  1. Glacier Brewhouse: 737 W 5th Ave, Ste. 110, Anchorage, AK 99501-2129,
    • Ph: 1 907-274-2739, Website:
    • Restaurant Notes: Glacier Brewhouse serves seafood, american, soups, and vegetarian
  2. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria: 3300 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99503-4129
    • Ph.  1 907-258-2537, Website: http://moosestooth.net
    • Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria serves pizza, oven-baked sandwiches, and salads
  3.  Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse:  610 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2225
  4. Snow City Cafe: 1034 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-1919
  5. Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill:  420 L St, Ste 200, Anchorage, AK 99501-5901
    • Ph:  1 907-274-3502, Website: http://www.simonandseaforts.com
    • Simon & Seafort’s Saloon & Grill serves steak, seafood, soups, sandwiches, and brunch on the weekends.

Top 5 lodging In Anchorage, Alaska

Hotel Alyeska Anchorage Alaska

  1. Hotel Alyeska: 1000 Arlberg Road, PO Box 249, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587
  2. The Hotel Captain Cook: 939 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2049
  3. Hilton Anchorage: 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2210
  4. Embassy Suites by Hilton Anchorage:  600 E Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503-4123,
  5. Sheraton Anchorage Hotel:  401 E 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2696

Best Things To Do In Alaska

To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.

If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our inside passage Alaska cruise here.

Best Time To Travel To Alaska

The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.

The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it’s best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.

However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.

History Of Anchorage Alaska

From its beginnings as a railroad camp to its rise to the single largest city in the state, Anchorage has always been a gateway to the last frontier. 

Anchorage is a modern city in an ancient land. Surrounded on one side by the Cook Inlet and the others by the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage is a concrete island. On a clear day, Mount McKinley (the continent’s tallest peak) is visible.

Anchorage affords many luxuries of large cities; there are many restaurants, hotels, theatres, shops, and museums. It also offers, however, chances at recreational adventure activities rarely found in metropolitan areas. All types of trips, from rafting to fishing are available for your enjoyment.

Anchorage’s climate surprises many first time visitors. It isn’t as harsh as many think. Spring arrives in late April or May in Anchorage. Summers are pleasantly warm, reaching the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. August and September are rainy seasons, followed by lots of snow in October. The longest day of the year in Anchorage is almost twenty hours long, while the shortest is just under six.

Anchorage is a great destination in Southern Alaska. It serves as a staging point for many trips and excursions. It’s diverse make-up make it a very commonplace for Alaskan tourists.

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