Anchorage to Fairbanks costs around $244 in Adventure class or $441 in Goldstar class.
You can ‘t get to Alaska by train , but you can get close. From the west coast of the U.S., you can take Amtrak’s Cascades train (tel. 800/USA- RAIL [872-7245]; www.amtrak.com) to Bellingham, Washington; the dock for the Alaska ferry is quite close to the railroad station.
Best Time to See the Northern Lights in Alaska Alaska’s northern lights season is between mid – September and late April , peaking in March , though it’s a season defined more by its long, dark nights than by solar activity.
Anchorage is relatively less dark and cold, and you can drive down to Kenai and Homer or up to Fairbanks , and spots in between. Fairbanks area has better hunting opportunities IMO. You’ll see way better auroras in Fairbanks . There is a ton of day trips to the kenai peninsula from anchorage .
Denali is definately worth it. Spend some time and get off the bus and do some hiking in Denali . Also, if you can afford it – try to go on a Mt. McKinley flight tour with a company like Talkeetna Air Taxi, or someone else.
Unless you’re heading north of Fairbanks on the Dalton Hiway, there’s absolutely no reason to go there other than to say you’ve been there. The Alaskaland Park and the city center are nice, but, very simply, not worth the effort to go there. The Univ of Alaska museum in Fairbanks is excellent but not worth the trip.
Sadly, there is no rail connection through Canada to Alaska , but there are plenty of amazing ways to get here. There are four main ways to reach Alaska . By flying, by cruise ship, using the state ferry system or by driving the Alaska Highway through Canada.
The state of Alaska developed the Permanent Fund Dividend in 1976 and started paying money out to residents of Alaska in 1980. This essentially pays people to permanently live there. It is an annual payment. The amount varies every year but in 2015, 637,014 residents got $2,072 each.
The Alaska Railroad operates year-round, connecting Anchorage, Talkeetna and Fairbanks throughout the winter season. The Aurora Winter Trains operates weekends, traveling northbound from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Saturdays and making the return journey Sundays.
The perfect day-trip or transfer, you can ride the Denali Star train from Anchorage to Denali National Park . Enjoy views of mountains, rivers, and Alaska’s beautiful backcountry. One of the most popular tours in Skagway, the White Pass Railroad summit tour isn’t one to miss.
Sailing time: nearly 3 hours on the first leg, nearly 10 hours on the second leg.
You can’t go wrong visiting Alaska anytime between May 10 and September 15. The days are long, nature is in full bloom, and the air is alive with energy. But, for the absolute best time to visit Alaska , shoot for June 15 to July 15.
Let’s get to Alaska ! Rent a Car. If being economical and independent are priorities when you travel , renting a budget vehicle in Alaska is a great idea. Ride the Train. Hop on the Bus. Eat Local. Take the Tour. Find the Hidden Gems. See the Shoulder Season.