How Much Does It Cost To Go To Alaska?

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(Last updated in January 2023)

How much does it cost to go to Alaska? You’ve come to the right place to find out.

Budgeting is extremely important when planning a trip to the 49th state, because you can easily drop a few grand in a hurry if you’re not careful. Even a budget itinerary can cost a couple of thousand dollars.

In this post, I break down exactly how much it costs to visit Alaska based on the amount of money my friend and I spent during our week there. I also present a detailed list for how much you can expect to pay for each aspect of an Alaska vacation, including food, lodging, rental car, tours, Denali National Park expenses, and miscellaneous spending.

My trip was a few years ago, but most prices haven’t changed much since then. Lodging and food costs are slightly up. Flight prices are roughly the same. Flight costs went down for several years, and have gone back up this year, so they’re back to where they were when I wrote this guide.

So overall, the estimates are still accurate for planning an Alaska trip in 2023. Read on for our Alaska cost guide!

This article assumes the following: A two-person, seven-day summer vacation with round-trip airfare from the continental U.S. into Anchorage. Adjust your costs accordingly if you’re coming with a larger group, for a different length of time, during a different season or into a different city like Juneau or Fairbanks.

For each category, I’m presenting the expected costs based on what type of traveler you are: Cheapskate (it’s possible to do Alaska on a budget), Average Joe (welcome, everyone), or Moneybags (congrats, you lucky son of a gun.)

If you’re more of a visual person, at the end of this post, you’ll find an easy to read chart showing specific costs for each type of traveler.

How much does it cost to go to Alaska? Here comes the budgetary breakdown.


Flying to Alaska can cost an arm and a leg. When I first began researching flights from Chicago about six months before our trip, they were about $1,000 ($500 each way) per person. I kept checking airfares, and about 3-4 months before the vacation, I found a redeye flight on July 4 one-way from Anchorage to Chicago for only $260 each and booked it immediately.

PRO TIP: Use Skyscanner for the best flight deals. You can set price alerts, and they’ll email you when prices drop for the flights you’re looking at.

alaska airlines plane
Flights costs are one of the biggest variables when it comes to figuring out how much your Alaska vacation will cost.

After waiting a few more weeks, I located a non-stop flight to Anchorage for about $360 each. That meant we ended up paying $620 each for the round-trip. Not too bad!

Don’t forget to factor in baggage costs. Most airlines going to Anchorage require a $20 or $25 checked bag fee.

Airline fare costs have been up and down since I first published this article. For a while, you could find roundtrip flights to Anchorage from many large cities in the U.S. for less than $500 total. Especially in May and June! Things get a bit more expensive in July and August. Flight costs are on the rise again, but if you plan ahead and track flight costs every week, you can still get a good price.

Moneybags ($2600): You can pay a ton of you randomly book your flight without studying and holding out for a good deal.

Average Joe ($2000): Purchase when you find a decent fare for the dates you want to visit. A $1000 round-trip is about average.

Cheapskate ($1100): Check airfares daily, pounce when they are most affordable. Choose your dates of travel based on which days are the cheapest to fly. You may be able to find something for around $600 round-trip, as we did, if you get lucky. Try to get an airline with no checked bag fee.

We spent: $1285 ($620 each for airfare plus $45 for checked bags).


If you’re truly trying to do Alaska on a budget, lodging is one area in which to save a bundle. Campgrounds in the $25 range exist all over the state, so if you’re willing to sleep in a tent, you can sleep for cheap. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Talkeetna also have hostels, while luxury lodges can be found across the state as well.

These days, I always use to find cheap lodging, because in my view they do the best job of compiling current prices from hotels, hostels, and B&Bs. Click to search for your Alaska travel dates.

Moneybags ($1000): Luxury lodges all the way! You can easily drop more than $100 per day in housing in the summer.

Average Joe ($400): Staying in basic motels and a couple campgrounds can keep things affordable.

Cheapskate ($100): Couchsurf for free in the big cities. Sleep in your tent in cheap campgrounds everywhere else. Many hostels even rent tent space in the yard outside for less than the cost of a dorm bed.

We spent: $213.


By far our biggest hit was the price of a rental car. While a rental car is expensive, it’s a must if you want to do the ultimate Alaska road trip.

Rental car prices in Alaska soar after mid-June, when peak tourist season hits. In the last week of June, the average price for a week-long rental was in the $700 range. Just two weeks earlier, the price was in the $300 range. That’s a huge difference.

rental car

If you’re trying to calculate how much it costs to go to Alaska, by far the most important factor is the time frame you choose. As illustrated, coming just a couple weeks earlier can literally save you hundreds of dollars on car rental costs.

We made a car reservation for $550 on Hotwire a couple months in advance, but we kept checking the latest rates. Since it was a refundable reservation, we were able to cancel and re-book when at the last minute the price dropped to $391 for the full week. That was a significant savings (though we still paid around $600 after the insurance.)

Moneybags ($1500): Wait until the last minute and pay whatever the going rate is for a luxury vehicle. Rent at the airport and pay the airport surcharges. Or, rent a car one-way from Anchorage to Seward or Fairbanks and take the train back for the scenery. Or, go big and rent an RV!

Average Joe ($800): Lock in a good deal when you see one on Hotwire or some other site, preferably for an off-airport site.

Cheapskate ($250): Visit Alaska in May or early June for good deals before prices soar. Study rental car prices and pounce when prices are cheapest.

We spent: $591.

alaska railroad trespassing

Aside: Should I take the train?

If you’re thinking that you might just take the Alaska Railroad to save money instead of renting a car, think again. Prices for the railroad are outrageous during the summer months – $85 each way per person between Anchorage and Denali, which totals $340 for a round-trip for two. With multiple people, it’s actually cheaper to split the cost of a rental car and gas. The only way taking the train makes financial sense is if you are traveling solo.


Gasoline prices in Alaska are high, although I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference coming from Chicago, which has some of the highest prices in the country.

There’s no real way to keep your gas costs down except by driving less, so accept that going in and budget accordingly. As of this writing, gas prices are rising again, so your costs may increase a bit from my estimates here.

Moneybags ($250): Drive all over the place and buy as much gas as you need.

Average Joe ($150): Try to fill up in cities where prices are lower.

Cheapskate ($80): Drive as little as possible – only between Anchorage, Denali and Seward. Skip the rest of the state to keep gas costs down.

We spent: $180. We drove all over the state, probably more than most people do, which is why we paid a bit more than the average traveler would.



Let’s assume you’re going to see the wildlife and awesome scenery at Denali National Park, because it doesn’t make sense to visit Alaska and not see this wonderful wilderness.

As of 2023, the Denali entrance fee is $15 each for a seven-day pass. You’ll also need to pay for a shuttle bus if you plan on going more than 14 miles into the park, since that’s as far as cars are allowed. Shuttles start at $26 for the Toklat River bus.

You should definitely take a bus of some sort, because most of the wildlife and mountains are beyond Mile 14. You can also camp inside Denali at various campgrounds, which is an affordable way to see the park. You must make your reservations online.

You can even go ziplining in Denali if you’re so inclined!

Moneybags ($470): Take a private bus ride like the Kantishna Experience Tour and spend a night or two at one of the lodges in the park.

Average Joe ($165): Take the Wonder Lake shuttle bus and spend two nights in a park campground.

Cheapskate ($20): Pay the entrance fee only and backcountry camp near the park entrance or Savage River at no additional cost. You’ll see very little of the park this way, though.

We spent: $115 for a camper bus ride, one night in a campground and one night of backcountry camping.


We lived almost exclusively on fast food during our trip, because meals are one of the hidden costs of a trip like this. If you’re going to stay on budget, you have to pay as little as possible for sustenance. Remember, it’s possible to eat both healthy and cheap while traveling.

Fast food can be found in all the major cities – Anchorage, Fairbanks, Palmer, and Wasilla. Even some of the smaller towns, like Talkeetna and Seward, have Subway sandwich shops. The $5 footlong is $9 here, though, so plan accordingly.

We did splurge for a couple of nicer meals at local restaurants. You have to eat at least one seafood dinner when you’re in Alaska, right?

Moneybags ($500): The cost of eating at expensive restaurants all the time can add up.

Average Joe ($300): Eat a few nice meals, otherwise buy meals at fast food or cheap local establishments.

Cheapskate ($175): Stock up on pop-tarts and fruit at Walmart for breakfast. Eat fast food lunches and dinners.

We spent: $192.


ice museum welcome

When it comes to attractions, you can be a real cheapskate if you want. But why would you go to Alaska and skip the chance to take a bush plane flight, or a whale-watching cruise, or a glacier hike, or some cool museums?

Moneybags ($1600): Take the Grand Denali flightseeing tour around the summit of Mt. McKinley ($375 each), the most luxurious whale-watching cruise you can find, and go to every attraction that interests you, from museums to reindeer farms.

Average Joe ($700): Choose a cheaper flightseeing option ($150-200 each). Choose a mid-level cruising option out of Seward and an ice trek tour on a glacier (look for online sales and discounts). Check out a museum or two in Anchorage.

Cheapskate ($40): Skip flightseeing entirely. Skip the guided tour at Matanuska Glacier and instead walk around the site on your own, paying only the entry fee. Go to free attractions in Anchorage. Skip the whale-watching cruise and hang out at Beluga Point with binoculars to look for whales from shore.

We spent: $880.

NOTE: Another way to save on sightseeing tours, day trips, and excursions is to use our partner, Get Your Guide. Check out some of their most popular Alaska tours below.


To be comfortable and safe in Alaska, you’ll want hiking boots, a winter jacket (even in summer), heavy-duty mosquito repellent, and probably some camping gear. Don’t forget about bear spray, which is not allowed on planes and will run you at least $25.

Moneybags ($400): Buy brand-new shoes, luggage, backpacks, clothing, or cameras.

Average Joe ($200): Bring camping gear from home. Buy new shoes but otherwise bring clothes you already own.

Cheapskate ($75): Bring all your used gear from home. Buy only the essentials in Alaska.

We spent: $228.


alaska on a budget - moose gift shop

Of course you can’t visit Alaska without bringing home a few souvenirs. You’ll need some cash in case you decide to check out a bar, buy a new shirt, or just need to stop for aspirin or other miscellaneous expenses.

And you should seriously consider purchasing The Milepost, a huge, massively helpful guide referred to as “the bible of Alaska travel.” It breaks down every main road mile-by-mile, letting you know exactly where to find the nearest restroom, scenic viewpoint, and popular wildlife-watching spot.

I’m not big on guidebooks, but I promise, this one is worth it. A new version is published each April – see link below for the 2022 guide.

Moneybags ($400): Buy Sarah Palin vanity license plates for ironic reasons, moose dung swizzle sticks, “I Love Talkeetna” hats, Denali bumper stickers, and local native artwork.

Average Joe ($200): Buy souvenir tshirts, coffee mugs and other trinkets. Go to a few bars in Anchorage.

Cheapskate ($100): Buy only basic necessities and maybe a magnet or postcard.

We spent: $145.

How much does it cost to visit Alaska? The chart

Here’s the visual breakdown. Estimates are for a one-week trip for two with airfare from the continental U.S. to Alaska. Even the cheapskates will need to spend nearly $1,000 each.

We ended up paying $3,829, which breaks down to $1,914.50 each. It wasn’t the cheapest vacation I’ve ever taken, but it might have been the most memorable.

how much does it cost to go to alaska

Keep in mind these totals are for two people for a seven-day vacation in Alaska. This breakdown should give you a ballpark idea of what you might be paying when you visit there. Most categories should be accurate, though you’ll have to adjust your own projections based on where you’re flying from.

What About Taking a Cruise to Alaska?

There’s one other (possibly) cheap way to visit Alaska, and that’s by taking a cruise. Seattle, especially, has several cruises that run on a weekly basis to Alaska. Most of these go through the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau, as well as Glacier Bay National Park.

If you choose a cruise, obviously you’ll be seeing a completely different part of the state. There’s no way to drive from Juneau to Anchorage or Denali.

How much do Alaska cruises typically cost? There’s a huge range of prices, based on whether you want a first-class cabin or the tiniest interior cabin. In general, expect to pay at least $1000 for a week-long roundtrip cruise from Seattle to Alaska and back.

Often, you’ll see promotions for $499 cruises from Seattle. But when you dig into the fine print, you find out that prices are based on double occupancy (solo travelers can forget about getting a good deal) and that they don’t include port taxes or cruise staff gratuities, which are huge.

Taxes run more than $200 per person, and gratuities are usually at least $100 (on most cruises you can request to have the staff tips removed from your bill if desired.) These prices also do not include any excursions. When you stop at the various ports, you’ll want to leave the ship and do at least a little exploring, so your wallet will take another hit there.

Ultimately, when it comes to taking a cruise to Alaska, you can do it for as little as $700 including taxes, if you are a couple traveling from Seattle and you go on zero excursions and book the cheapest interior room. That’s a lot of “ifs.”

More realistically, expect to pay about $1000 per person, even for the cheapest cruise booked during a sale. Cruising is a very different experience than flying to Anchorage and renting a car, so think about which option most appeals to you and your budget.

Would you consider traveling to Alaska? If you’ve already been, do you think these estimates for Alaska vacation costs are accurate?

56 thoughts on “How Much Does It Cost To Go To Alaska?”

  1. Where can I find a “a cheaper flightseeing option ($100-150 each)”? That’s less expensive than any I’ve seen. We’ll be visiting the Denali area (first time for us) May 31-June 2, 2019. Thanks! Enjoyed your post.

  2. Hi Scott,
    Although this was a very good BLOG with lots of good information it needs to be updated!! Thanks for the information, but it is now 2019 and everything is double and triple your estimations. We are in the final stages of our planning for a trip this June. We (My husband and friends Rob &Gail) have planned a 10 day land trip to Alaska meeting the Celebrity ship Millennium in Seward. Here is what we have done and spent thus far:
    1. We were lucky enough to be able to use Miles for most of the legs on American Airlines for our flight to and from Alaska (total cost for flights $148.00). R&G paid $200.00
    2. We rented (each couple) a 24 foot RV for the 10 day land portion. (total cost for all $1,500.00) We are not big spenders, but lodging ( even inexpensive) is around $150- $400 per night. Can you go cheaper- Probably, but I have read horror stories about some of the real inexpensive options. We are also seniors 65-70 years and so camping in tents is not an option for us!
    3. Food is yet to be determined, but we are going to cook the majority of our meals ourselves as with the RV we have an included package cooking utensils a BBQ grill and of course the stove in the camper. We are guessing aprox. $600.00 for the 4 of us.
    4. Lodging will be free camping and about $140.00 for the three days we are staying at Riley Campground in Denali For camping and Shuttle fees. I am going to add another $100.00 in case we decide we want hookups for one night. (the average camping with full hookups is around $40.00 per night per camper)
    5. We have already spent the majority of our monies on tours. (which were offset by the Tour Saver book)
    Anchorage: Aviation Museum – $30 for the 4 of us. Botanical Garden $24.00 for the 4 of us. Girdwood : Alyeska Resort tram and lunch for the 4 of us $156.00– The Wildlife conservation center and possibly Portage lake Glacier tours approx. $100 for the four of us. Whittier: phillips cruises $640.00
    Denali : Denali Park Village Dinner and show $152.00 (no cooking this night . Seward: Kenai Fjords National park cruise $800.00 for the 4 of us which includes an early dinner–7 1/2 hour cruise. We are sleeping the last night at GAH in Anchorage and then the next morning taking the costal train to Seward for a total of $350 for the 4 of us ( the Tour saver gave us a buy one get one )
    Cost of the Tour Saver book $80.00 each couple.
    Gas will cost about $300 per rig.
    I am figuring in $300 for incidentals and our grand total for the 4 of us will be $7,548
    Braking that down we will be doing a 10 day tour for $1,887 per person. A lot of money especially if you add the cost of the cruise, but I think our planning will pay off ! This is a bucket list item for the four of us so we wanted to make sure we included as much as possible without being to busy.
    Wanted to make people aware (especially seniors ) that camping is an option especially family’s who could rent a little larger RV and save monies. Alaska is very friendly to RV’ers and you can park almost anywhere for the night.
    Any info you have please be sure to let me know as we still have several months to change any minor plans.
    Your thoughts?

    1. Looks like a good itinerary! There are lots of Airbnbs in the Anchorage area for well under $100/night, so affordable lodging can still be found. But campgrounds are great, especially since you’ll have an RV. If you cook all your meals, you might be able to come in at less than $600 for food, assuming you stock up on groceries in Anchorage. The train ride sounds fun, enjoy your trip!

    2. Hi Debbie,
      I lived in Alaska by whole life and Anchorage the last 10 years. You seem to have a good plan for the most part, but I really felt that I should warn you that the Botanical gardens in Anchorage are not worth your time or money especially that early in the summer season. If you can get out of the reservation, I would. If you are looking for something to do in Anchorage, I suggest the Anchorage Zoo. All the animals there are either wild rescues or were born in captivity. Also, if you go to the zoo you will see animals you most likely will not see during your trip. I hate the be a downer about the gardens, but I hate when people come here and then leave disappointed by part of their trip.

    3. Hi Debbie, we (58&64yo couple) are planning a road trip, flying from CT into Anchorage. Your plan to rent RVs has me intrigued (vs car/hotel rooms) and your itinerary sounded really nice!
      Did you go on this trip? If so, how was it and are there any things you would have changed?

  3. Great Post,
    We are planning a group trip to Alaska for two weeks, last week of July and first week of August. We are renting a private home in Girdwood, Alaska, so that cost is already taken care of. Do you have any idea’s on how to save money with such a large group? There is one child 12 years old, and the rest are all grown. We are planning to rent a couple of cars or mini vans for all of us. We are very interested in your thoughts.

    1. Hi Donna, it sounds like you are already ahead of the game in terms of saving money since you have a large group. If you split the cost of the home and the rental vehicles, everybody’s individual costs should be pretty low. Renting a couple of minivans is probably a smart idea. Book them early, but make sure they are refundable reservations – that way if you find cheaper rentals later, you can make the switch and save money.

      Depending on the size of your group, you could get group admission discounts to museums and tours, so check into that. Cook a lot of meals at home so you’re not paying restaurant prices all the time. Supplies can be expensive in Alaska, so bring as much as you can from home, such as hiking gear, rain jackets, or even snack foods. If you do need to buy supplies, stock up at the Target or Walmart in Anchorage for the best prices. And check Groupon Anchorage on a regular basis – they often have good deals on activities. Have a fun trip!

  4. This is great information. Thanks. Strange as it sounds, cruising may actually be one of the cheaper ways to travel to Alaska. It won’t get you far off the beaten track, but I’ve been on some pretty quiet–and spectacular–hikes from the ports. And, of course, a cruise won’t get you inland, but you can always travel inland afterward.

  5. Your numbers are absolutely accurate! I visited Fairbanks 2 years ago and I spent 3 thousand. I was with my husband we have great time there. Thank you for posting this article! Greetings!

  6. Planing a trip to Alaska..Flying into Fairbanks and then drive to DNP,travelling on budget.
    Is it possible to sleep on car.Is it safe say i sleep on some campground/rv or travel stations/gas stations etc.Comfort-wise i am okay in car given i am 5.5..:)
    Alternately if tickets are cheaper i might fly to ACK and drive to DNP.

    1. You could probably sleep in your car either at a campground or on the side of the road. I had to pull off the road to grab a couple hours’ sleep from time to time and had no problems.

  7. hi,
    i am planning to visit alaska in june 2015 for the longest day. its going to be for 5 days. from ancchorage to fairbanks. wer fairbanks is the final destination. could u guide me with tips like what places to cover and either a road trip or a train trip wherever applicable and stay options. i wud like to go with budget options only.:) any help is appreciated

  8. It was great to read all information by mr Scott. I will be coming from outside and have never travelled alone . How do I join a group . Looking to spend 10 to 15 days. How do I do don’t know.
    Anyone wants to join or any tour operator.

  9. You can see the northern lights in Glacier Bay national park! I live in Gustavus(just outside the park) I work in the lodge. Stop in and I’ll hook u up with free northern lights and an Alaskan ale. 🙂

  10. What a great post!
    I´m planning to go to Alaska this year and I´d be going from outside US. I´m searching for information about independent travell based on public transportation, would you have any info about it? Should I book train/bus tickets well in advance for high season or it´s okay to let things to be decided when I get there? Any good website to find local hostels?
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Vivianne, there isn’t much public transit to speak of in Alaska aside from within the city of Anchorage. If you’re taking the train between cities, you may want to book that in advance since it can get very busy during the summer. You can find a hostel list here, but I’m not sure if all of these are still current:

  11. Hey All
    I am planning to go to Alaska in end of May 2015. Searching for a companion buddy. Do you know anyone who would be interested in going. Thinking to go for 10 up to 14 days. But I think i am easy going enough to have a conversation about it;)

    I have something planned already but these could be changed as well.

  12. Love the post. I am longing to visit Alaska. When it comes to car rental, I used to book earlier through online to get cheaper cost.

  13. Hi,Scott ,thanks for the info.I want to visit Alaska on 2015. Are 5 or 6 days enough for a good trip in Alaska because from Turkey coming to Alaska is min. 1,5 days .

  14. Hi Scott,
    We are planning a trip to AK. Is this itinerary feasible? Fly to Anchorage, take train up to Fairbanks. Either drive or take tour to Arctic Circle, then take rental car back to Anchorage, stopping at different places like Denali and Talkeetna to sightsee and maybe do a little fishing. This is all in first week. Then the second week, drive down to Soldotna and stay at a guide service place for a week for salmon/halibut/etc fishing. Would we have trouble finding hotels to stay in during the first week if we don’t book them ahead of time? Planning on going early June 2014. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Lynn, that sounds like a busy itinerary, but it is probably feasible as long as you don’t go too far into the Arctic Circle and take too much time up there. There aren’t a ton of hotels so you may want to book in advance. I stayed at hostels in Anchorage and Fairbanks, so I’m not sure how quickly the actual hotels fill up. Early June is a good time to go. As noted, the earlier you go, the cheaper a rental car will be. But you could face a big surcharge if you pick up a rental car in one city and return it in another.

      1. thanks, Scott. Will check on that surcharge for the rental. You have a lot of great info on your site! It has helped tremendously!

  15. Hi Scott – Thanks a lot for sharing great info.
    I was trying to decide between MICA / NOVA guides for the Matanuska glacier hike. From what is seems like a lot more people go with MICA, also the number of people writing reviews for MICA are more than ten times than NOVA. I like to support smaller / lesser known businesses, if NOVA provides the same quality of service as MICA then I would choose NOVA. Since you have done the glacier hike at Matanuska would you have any input on NOVA vs MICA.

    1. Hi Nikita, I went with MICA because they were the only company that had a tour at the specific hour that I wanted to do it, so I didn’t bother researching NOVA at all. But from what I’ve read on message boards, it looks as though the quality and experience is pretty much the same with the two companies. NOVA has solid reviews on tripadvisor:

  16. Hey Scott, thanks for the info. Seems like i belong to the cheapskate category here 🙂 found roundtrip flight with Virgin for $400, and rental car for $400 a week (after tax and fees) for August. Are there excursions you would recommend?I’m going to Anchorage, Denali, Seward, and Homer, and towns in between. I’m not a huge cruise fan nor into fishing, but I love photography, so I’m planning on mostly hiking, but do you think the glacier cruise is worth it? Any recommendation for the most scenic ones? What about glacier hikes or flightseeing tour? Where would be the best location and not crazy expensive?

    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Hi Katherine, the glacier cruise was long and the moments of excitement were sporadic, so if you’re not a huge fan that might be worth skipping. Then again, cruising is the main reason to go to Seward, so it depends on your budget. If you’re going to splurge for one thing, I would go for a flightseeing trip rather than a cruise. I think the cheapest flightseeing options are $99 flights out of Anchorage, but for a few hundred dollars you can fly from Talkeetna into Denali Park above the glaciers and mountains. Glacier hiking also provides great pics. Matanuska Glacier is cheap and great to hike on. Exit Glacier (near Seward) can also be reached by a short hike. If you missed my photo essay, this might provide some other ideas: Alaska remains one of my favorite vacations ever. Enjoy your trip!

    2. Hello Katherine,

      I am planning to visit Alaska during end of August.
      Can you please let me know the information on how you have booked your accomodation ?

      I managed to get the same price for flight and car

      Thanks, Sri

      1. Thanks so much for the info Scott, I think I might do the grand tour with talkeetna air taxi like you did, gonna look into matanuska glacier hike.

        Hi Sri:

        for accomodation I’m planning:

        day 1-2: Anchorage backpackers hostel

        day 3-4: camping at wonderlake one night, and either igloo (depending on availability) or backcountry camping for the second night

        day 5: camping at portage valley cabin and campground (there are other campgrounds in this area, but this one has shower)

        day 6-7: seward moby dick hostel

        day 8: camp homer (better for tent camping, if you have RV, homer spit campground might be a good option too)

        hope this helps 🙂

  17. I am an average budgeted traveler and I don’t think I could have stayed at even cheap motels for $400 for a week. In July the best rates for motel was about $110 to $130 per night.

    1. A couple nights in $100 motels plus four nights in campgrounds would work out to about $400. Hostels with private rooms for couples are also available in Anchorage and Talkeetna for around $50-60 per night, and those are a great alternative to the more expensive hotels.

  18. I book the ticket from dfw-yvr, then anc-dfw in August timeframe at price $630 for nonstop. Is this good deal?

  19. wow…this is a great! Thanks for taking time to break it down in to categories and explaining them with cost.
    We are planning on a 2 week alaska trip in early september. I am with you on lodging. I do not like to spend a lot of money on lodging unless we would spend a lot of time in the rooms. As long as sleep is comfortable, I am good.
    Currently I am finding cheapest airfares at 330 from San Francisco to Anchorage. Do you think it is a good price?
    While researching, I came across TourSaver and Northern Lights Coupon books for purchase. They seems to have a lot of 2 for 1 deals. Do you have any experience with these.
    Thanks again!

    1. Isn’t it fun planning out a trip like this? 330 from San Francisco to Anchorage sounds like a good price. Since the trip isn’t until September, you may be able to get a better deal if you wait longer and keep monitoring fares on a regular basis (maybe by signing up for fare alerts at

      Some people swear by those coupon books, but it depends how much you plan to do. I didn’t bother with them because I didn’t expect to use most of the activities and deals listed in them, so I wouldn’t have gotten my money’s worth. For a two week trip, it may be a good deal for you. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  20. Wow! Wonderful breakdown of expenses. Thank you so much for posting this. I want to visit Alaska and I wanted at least a ball park of expenses- and I had no idea where to start! Thanks again… Great info!

  21. Great breakdown! As much planning as a person can do, seeing someone else’s budget and costs are always helpful!


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