How to Get to Alaska: A Guide

Often referred to as The Last Frontier, Alaska has become a sought-after destination for travelers from across the globe. In fact, more than 1.8 million people visited Alaska in the summer of 2016 – the highest visitor volume on record. The 49th state has so much to do and see, but if you’ve never been before, you’re probably wondering how to get here! Check out our travel tips below and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.

For details on how to get to Alaska and what to do while you’re here, download a copy of our free Vacation Guide! This carefully curated guide is full of restaurant recommendations, shopping destinations, outdoor recreation, and more. It’s the perfect resource for your getaway.

How to Get to Alaska by Land, Air, & Sea

By Car

If driving to Alaska is on your bucket list, you’re in luck! The 2,000-mile Alaska Highway takes U.S. visitors to Anchorage via Canada and is one of the most beautiful drives on Earth. Stop at a few national parks along the way and enjoy cultural attractions, adventure tours, and incredible scenery. You’ll even see wildlife! Of course, each road trip varies by departure point, so you’ll want to plan on several days of travel time.

Note: U.S. citizens driving through Canada are required to carry a passport.

By Plane

Don’t have a passport? There’s no need to worry. More than 240 flights arrive daily at Anchorage International Airport, and you won’t have to stop in Canada. In the past, there were very few flights to The Last Frontier; now, major carriers are bringing visitors to experience its beauty. Airlines that fly directly into Anchorage from the Lower 48 include:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Delta
  • Era Aviation
  • Grant Aviation
  • Penair
  • Iliamna Air Taxi

By Boat

Of course, taking a cruise is one of the most popular ways to get to Alaska. You’ll explore serene passages and discover breathtaking landscapes found nowhere else. Have your camera ready and keep an eye out for whales, sea lions, and shorebirds as you sail the seas.

According to a recent article by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the 2018 season in Alaska is going to be record-breaking. A number of new cruise lines are coming to Alaska for the very first time and over 1.1 million passengers are expected to make the voyage. Find out how you can book a cruise to Alaska on our blog.

Make Alaska Garden Gate Your Home-Away-From-Home

Now that you know how to get to Alaska, it’s time to start planning your trip! Alaska Garden Gate B&B is an easy drive from Anchorage and is the perfect home base in Palmer. We offer a variety of accommodations for guests, including cottages, apartments, and bed and breakfast rooms. Your stay even includes a delicious and nutritious breakfast each morning.

To find your perfect room, check our availability online or give us a call. Then download our free Vacation Guide and view our day trip itineraries for a full list of activities and attractions in the area. We look forward to having you!