Thursday, July 26, 2007

Travel in Alaska

Air travel is a common means of transportation in Alaska. While Anchorage, which is 5-6 hours from our place, is the closest international airport, Homer and just about every other little town has an airport. There are airfields in lots of places since there are so many pilots who fly up here. Water airports are very common too.

The Alaska Railroad goes up to Denali (known as Mt. McKinley to the uninitiated) and I think Fairbanks. It also goes south of Anchorage to the Portage Glacier. Beyond that I think there is only roads.

Many people fly up here and rent RVs or cars. RVs are nice so that one can save on the expense of hotels (which might also be full) and meals in restaurants (which adds up anywhere, but more so in Alaska). Some people also take a boat out of Seward, choosing the inside or outside passage down to Seattle.


Anonymous said...

Actually the Alaska Railroad travels north (the Denali Star train) to Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks; travels south (the Coastal Classic train)to Seward, round trip in a day and then the Glacier Discovery train travels to Girdwood, Portage, Whittier and into the Kenai Mtns to sight see. This is all summer service only. Winter is a flag stop service to Talkeetna and Fairbanks but you can tell the train to stop at any point along the 350 miles of track.

Michelle Waclawski said...

Thanks for the specifics....I go from my knowledge and experience, w/o researching, so I appreciate knowing the full info! Michelle

Suzy Goodenough said...

You have some very beautiful pic's. I have a friend that lives at the air base near Angoridge.Her daughter and her are both from Vanderbilt you might know them Denise Piche' the artist,her daughter is Donnetta Haller.Your pic's remind me of her work.Also have another friend from Vanderbilt that lives in Angoridge.Glenn Karlskin, Don't know if you know any of them or how far you are from them.They all say how beautiful Alaska is.Someday I hope to be able to afford the trip there for a visit.Suzy Goodenough