TOP TIPS FOR ALASKA
After an amazing trip to Alaska (check out my travel blog here), here's my top tips for Alaska.
- If you're going in summer, take a sleep mask. In Anchorage in July, it didn't get dark until just before midnight (was even later than that in Denali and Talkeetna) and was light again by 4am. Bright side: lots of time for outdoor activities.
- MUST DO: Brooks Falls to see the brown bears fishing for salmon during the salmon run! There's a small window to do this in July and again in September - fly in by float plane from King Salmon to Katmai National Park and then hike in. We saw so many brown bears that were SO close you could practically have reached down to touch them! Adventure World offers packages but they sell out every year as there's a cap on the number of people allowed in the park at any one time, so I suggest that you book by October for a viewing in July the following year. It's not the sort of trip you would be able to do from a cruise port but its definitely worth taking the time to do - it's without a doubt my #1 travel experience to date, and my partner who saw the gorillas in Uganda said it was a thousand times better than that!
- Don't just do the cruise when you go to Alaska, try some of inland areas too. We actually loved doing that more than the cruise. If you're doing a cruise that leaves from Seward, definitely spend a day there first before boarding your cruise. It's a lovely town and if you're a keen hiker, the hike to Harding Ice Field at Exit Glacier is well worth it.
- For a great meal in Anchorage, check out 'Moose's Tooth' - incredible pizzas and often with live music.
- I also noticed that many of the cruise excursions sold out well before the cruise, meaning a lot of disappointed people who couldn't do the excursions they wanted. Do be sure to pre book the ones you really want to do well in advance of departure.