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Information You Need Know Before Coming to Alaska

Alaska travel is something that many people dream of, though many feel as if they couldn't possibly afford such a luxurious trip. Alaska is a great place for just about anyone to vacation, no matter what his or her interests, and Alaska travel can be quite affordable. If you are a lover of the outdoors, you'll find that Alaska is particularly beautiful. Many of those that are drawn to the area love to hike, bike, fish, and hunt. There is so much to appreciate in Alaska that it's hard to keep the real outdoorsman away from there! Alaska has so many options for those that love nature; it seems to be a natural attraction. And, once you go once, you'll probably be drawn back again and again.

Traveling to and within Alaska is usually the cheapest and easiest way via air. In fact, Lake Hood in Alaska is the busiest seaplane base in the world. The advantage of flying around Alaska is that it is a fast means of transportation, and also offers a bird's eye view of some of the world's most amazing landscape on Earth.

If you prefer to drive to Alaska, then your main route would probably be the Alaska Highway which connects Canada and Alaska. However, most of Alaska's road networks have pedestrian and bike paths alongside major highways. ATVs are quickly becoming a preferred means of getting around Alaska. Trains are also used to easily get to some locations. If you get the chance to tour via train, you won't regret it.

Of course boats are a major means of transportation within Alaska. Some locals still use smaller boats as the main means of getting their supplies, but if you ask most people to imagine a boat in Alaska, they will imagine a beautiful, grand cruise ship.

Cruise ships offer a wonderful look of the beautiful glaciers and wildlife of Alaska. Cruise lines run from Seattle to Vancouver or from Vancouver to Seward and through Ketchikan. Bear and whale watching are very popular among the cruise lines.

Alaska is one of the most popular cruising locations on the globe. As much as Alaska has quite an impressive landscape, viewing it while at sea is just extraordinary. The Alaskan seas offer some of the most inspiring and fascinating views of Alaska.

The larger cruise ships can comfortably tour the waters of Alaska with about 1,000 to 3,000 passengers on board. Mid-sized cruise lines can accommodate up to about 500 passengers comfortably.

The larger cruise lines have the comparative advantage of providing a few more facilities to their passengers such as sporting amenities, greater selection of dining, and even bigger selections of relaxation and pampering. The smaller ships have the advantage of providing more privatized rooms, cabins and sometimes, a private veranda and balcony. However, most all cruise ships have services such as observation lounges and heated indoor and outdoor pools. The observation lounges are a perfect spot for watching bears, sea lions and whales, as they jump in and out of crisp waters. They are also the perfect location for admiring the glaciers and icy mountains.

Alaskan cruising is usually a little more expensive than cruising in other parts of the world such as the Caribbean. An Alaskan cruise is also a good opportunity to have a bite into some of Alaska's best cuisine. Ah the Alaskan king crabs is the first thing that comes to mind when Alaskan food is mentioned. Going to Alaska without having a taste of the king crab is like visiting a good water supply in the desert and failing to make a refill or get a drink.

This goes for fresh Alaskan salmon. You have not lived until you have tasted fresh wild salmon. Don't forget to sample reindeer sausage which though not originally from Alaska, is a very important and rich food source to many natives. The historic sourdough bread of Alaska is also worth a try.

In addition to the normal cruise tours, some cruise agencies incorporate land tours to some interior parts of Alaska, so that you can also catch a glimpse of some of the interesting landscape of the beautiful country, and feel the warmth of its people.