Quirky Travel Guy is going to Alaska!

alaska license plateOn 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!

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22 Responses to Quirky Travel Guy is going to Alaska!

  1. Arti April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Never been there but would visit it through your posts! Take loads of pics and enjoy!
    Have a fantastic journey Scott!
    Have a nice day:)
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    • Scott April 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      I will take hundreds of pics, I’m sure.

  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic April 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Wooo, Alaska!! I hope you see some bears. ;)
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    • Scott April 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      I will be furious if I don’t!

  3. Caanan @ No Vacation Required April 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    > …nightlife of Anchorage and Fairbanks.

    This should be interesting!

    We will be looking forward to hearing about your adventures. We love Alaska and are looking at getting back there ourselves. Do budget on the high side, Alaska can be really expensive. If you have a Costco Membership, you can save a few coins by filling your cooler at the Costco in Anchorage.
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    • Scott April 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      I’m most worried right now about the price of a rental car, which is looking like it’s going to cost around $600 for a week. Ouch! Thanks for the Anchorage tip.

  4. InsideJourneys April 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Never been. Am sure you’ll have a lot of fun things to do there.
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    • Scott April 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      My schedule is already packed!

  5. Annie - FootTracker April 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Yay bears and whales!! I have never been to Alaska, so it will be interesting to see how its like through your eyes =D
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    • Scott April 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      I’m really hoping to see both!

  6. Ayelet - All Colores April 12, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    I dream of Alaska! I was surprised at the price of the flight, since coming from Israel to NYC is $900-1000, only that flight is almost double the length. I would make sure to get a window seat to see Alaska from above, and to bring entertainment for myself for the plane. Welcome to the world of longer flights! I read that there’s a coupon book you can buy to get lots of discounts in Alaska. I highly suggest walking on a glacier – I did it in Argentina, and the experience was absolutely amazing! You see sights you can’t see any other way (that I know of, anyway). And, of course, take as many bear photos as you can! :)
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    • Scott April 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      There are lots of places to hike on glaciers, so that will definitely be on the itinerary. If I can’t afford one of the private tours, there are some that are within a mile of the road, so I could just hike to them.

  7. Laura April 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    How exciting! I’m really hoping to make it to Alaska this year. Can’t wait to read about your trip!
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    • Scott April 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Cool, where are you planning to go in Alaska?

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica April 14, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Very exciting! I know nothing about Alaska except that it has a lot of beautiful natural landscapes. Looking forward to photos.
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    • Scott April 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      I’m going to wear out my cameras!

  9. Albert April 19, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    so cool! A friend of mine moved to ALska llast year just for a couple of month..well she’s currently living there..she got a job, engaged and doesn’t want to go back! Will it happen to you as well? :)
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    • Scott April 20, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      I would like to live there for a short time, maybe six months. During the heart of winter. That sounds like an awesome life experience. As long as I have an internet connection, I’d love it!

  10. Megan April 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Jealous! My dad grew up in Alaska (fly-in town, sled dogs, the whole bit), and I’ve always wanted to go but never gotten the chance. Can’t wait to hear all about it.
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    • Scott April 21, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      That’s the kind of town I’d like to visit!

  11. Montana April 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Go north from Anchorage appx. 2 hours to Chena hot springs, http://www.chenahotsprings.com/
    You can camp there and the hot springs are awesome.
    I live on the Kenai Peninsula and you are lucky to visit such a magical place, Alaska
    Have fun.

    • Scott April 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      I’ve heard about that place and might try to stop by. Thanks for the recommendation!

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