On June 27, I will be boarding a plane for a direct flight from Chicago to Anchorage, for eight days of adventure in the great state of Alaska! I’ve always wanted to see Alaska, and this will be state #49 to cross off my list, leaving only Hawaii (next winter, maybe?)
I was able to get a round-trip flight from Chicago to Anchorage for around $600, a pretty good price – and the flights are non-stop, which means my travel time will be as short as possible. (At six hours, it will still be the longest flight I’ve ever taken.)
I’m going to dedicate the entire month of July to my Alaska visit, which means that every post – museum reviews, nightlife reports, Photo Teasers and Quirky Attractions – will be about this awesome state.
When it’s over, I’ll be providing an extremely-detailed report of exactly how much money it took to make this trip happen, from flight costs to car rental and gas to camping fees to incidental spending, so that you’ll know exactly how much $$ you need if you want to visit Alaska yourself. I’ve been unable to find such an article anywhere, and I think it will be incredibly useful.
There are a ton of things I’d like to do while I’m in Alaska, but exactly how much we get to experience depends on how much everything costs. I’m still a budget traveler, and it’s doubtful I’ll be able to afford to take a bush plane to a tiny isolated town and stay overnight, for instance, although such a trip would be an incredible life experience.
Still, with a combination of sponsorships and personal savings, I’m hoping to be able to go camping in Denali National Park (bears!), hike on a glacier, do some whale watching, experience the nightlife of Anchorage and Fairbanks, and maybe even take a 60-minute sightseeing flight to bring back some amazing pics and video of the beautiful landscape.
Have you ever been to Alaska? Do you have any suggestions for activities I should take on? What would you like to read about? Leave a comment and let me know!