8 escapes to the Land of the Noonday Moon
Date Posted: 19/11/2014
Located on America’s extreme northwest corner, Alaska is one of the most out of the way states. Despite this, it’s right at the centre of the travel world’s radar at the moment.
Even mainstream companies like Thomas Cook are adding this destination to their offerings.
Here’s a round-up of the best trips to the 49th state in 2015…
Wildlife and water
New for 2015, America As You Like It has expanded its product to include small group escorted tours to Alaska as well as RV rentals.
The escorted tours beginning and ending in Anchorage range from 10 to 19 nights and include stops like Denali National Park, Seward, Valdez, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Homer.
Experiences include a float plane trip deep into the wilderness to search for bears, a wildlife cruise around Resurrection Bay, Denali National Park bus tours, sea kayaking and glacier visits.
For more information call 0208 742 8299 or visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com.
Tours of the last frontier
Artisan Travel is opening up the interior of Alaska with a range of new hand crafted tours, including Alaska Wilderness Trail, a 12 day rail and self-drive holiday that packs in two national parks, Prince William Sound, the Alaskan Highway and the Alaskan Railroad.
Featuring glaciers and wildlife, hiking routes and the options to take a sea-plane sightseeing tour, a helicopter trip and visit Eskimo villages, this unique itinerary offers a combination of wonderful sights and a fascinating glimpse into Alaskan heritage.
For more information call 01670 785085 or visit www.artisantravel.co.uk.
Alaska and the Yukon
For 2015 Thomas Cook will be adding a brand new 13 night/14 day self-drive tour through Alaska and the Yukon.
This new tour, created specifically for Thomas Cook, includes the key towns of the Yukon before crossing over to Alaska, where customers will enjoy two night stops in the wilderness city of Anchorage, the vast Denali National Park; home to North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, and Fairbanks; the gateway to Alaska’s interior.
For more information call 01733 224 800 or visit www.thomascook.com.
The tailor-made ski holiday company, Ski Safari, has introduced Alaska to their portfolio of ski destinations, featuring the world renowned ski resort of Alyeska, nestled in the Chugach Mountains in the heart of a glacier carved valley.
A firm favourite for visitors and locals alike, Alyeska boasts 54 feet of snow annually and is known for its deep snow pack.
For those who like to live on the edge, the resort also offers heli and cat-skiing, making it ideal for any dare devil seeking blissful fresh powder and jaw dropping scenery.
For more information call 01273 224060 or visit www.skisafari.com.
Intrepid Travel has launched a new 13 day Alaska itinerary, Wild Alaska, featuring the pristine beauty of Alaska and venturing through some of the state’s most spectacular national parks.
Including UNESCO World Heritage Site Wrangell St Elias National Park, home to nine of the 16 highest peaks in Alaska, guests will enjoy dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains and majestic glaciers.
The tour also visits Denali National Park home to 37 species of mammals, ranging from lynx, marmots and Dall sheep, to foxes and snowshoe hares, and 130 different bird species including the impressive golden eagle.
For more information call 0808 274 5111 or visit www.intrepidtravel.com.
Tailor made Alaska
Tailor-made travel specialists Steppes Travel has developed its Alaska holiday product to offer a range of new sample itineraries, from small ship cruising in the Southeast to exploring the wildlife of the interior, the brown bears on Kodiak Island and the dizzying fjords and countless tidewater glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park.
For more information call 01285 880 980 or visit http://www.steppestravel.co.uk/alaska.
Alaskan road trips
New for 2015, Cox & Kings has launched a nine day Alaska self-drive itinerary starting in Anchorage and journeying up to Fairbanks, via Denali National Park, before looping back round to Anchorage via the picturesque fishing port of Valdez and the protected waterways of Prince William Sound, home to 10,000 glaciers.
Featuring some of Alaska’s most impressive roads including the George Parks Highway, drizzled over vast stretches of wilderness, and the postcard perfect Richardson Highway which borders the vast wilderness of Wrangell-St Elias National Park, this self-drive tour offers a wonderful snapshot of Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness and mountainous grandeur.
For more information call 0207 873 5000 or visit www.coxandkings.co.uk.
Alaska in winter
Featuring some of the most comprehensive Alaska itineraries on sale in the UK, Discover the World has developed its Alaska offering even further for 2015 with the launch of its first Alaska winter collection including four new tours; Alaska Winter Adventure, Aurora in the Alaskan Arctic, Northern Lights & Hot Springs and Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Offering the chance to explore the wild beauty of Alaska during the snow-covered winter months, highlights include the magnificent aurora borealis, a visit to Alyeska Resort to enjoy downhill or cross-country skiing, journeying to the remote communities of Coldfoot and Wiseman, relaxing in the healing waters of Chena Hot Springs Resort, or witnessing the excitement of Alaska's epic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
For more information call 01737 214 291 or visit www.discover-the-world.co.uk.
Photo credit: State of Alaska - Brian Adams