Jack Bonney

Frequently Asked Alaska Travel Questions

Not sure where to find the answer to a burning travel question about Alaska? We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions, so problem solved!

Can I take a train to Alaska?

Sadly, there is no rail connection through Canada to Alaska, but there are plenty of amazing ways to get here. There are four main ways to reach Alaska. By flying, by cruise ship, using the state ferry system or by driving the Alaska Highway through Canada.

Where is the best bear viewing in Alaska?

Some of the most incredible bear viewing in Alaska is near Anchorage. Iconic spots like Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Redoubt Bay and McNeil River are all a short float plane flight from the city, and many air services can get you there for a day...

Where can I see polar bears?

Alaska is the only U.S. state with three bear species (polar, black, and brown), and you can see all of them in Anchorage. Anchorage is home for wild black and brown bears, and there are several good bear viewing locations in and around Anchorage.

What can I do in the evening in Anchorage?

Whether the midnight sun keeps you going, or you just have a late night flight to catch, Anchorage is filled with activity in the evening. See what events are running that night, or try out one of these great evening ideas in Anchorage.

Are there igloos?

Sorry, you won't see an igloo in Anchorage or anywhere in Alaska. Igloos were used by the Inuit people of Canada's Central Arctic and Greenland.

How to choose an Alaska cruise

About half of Anchorage travelers take a multi-day cruise as part of their Alaska travels. If your plans include a cruise, this guide can help select one right for you and ensure you don’t miss out on the best of Alaska before or after you sail.

How do I find authentic Alaska Native art?

With plenty of galleries and a high concentration of artists calling the city home, Anchorage is a great place to look for Alaska Native art. With so many Alaska Native cultures and such innovative artists, here are a few tips to find the real deal.

Is Alaska really far away?

Alaska is not as far away from the contiguous United States as you might think. A direct flight from Seattle means you'll arrive in Anchorage in three hours or so.

Foreign Currency Exchange

In Anchorage, exchanging currency is easy and quick. To exchange foreign currency for U.S. dollars (or vice versa) in person, travelers can visit multiple banks and money-marts throughout the city.