Our Alaska travel guide will help you research, select, book and prepare for your Alaska small ship cruise or land-based adventure with expert tips and firsthand insight. Start with the Alaska trip planning guides listed here to learn how to travel to Alaska, including when to go, how to choose your cruise, family-friendly cruises and tips on travel to Denali National Park, Glacier Bay and the best wildlife in Alaska.

Alaska Travel Guide Written By Our Experts

Below you will find our most essential resource pages and articles with a focus on the most important information to help you plan your Alaska trip.  Alaska is BIG, and offers endless experiences and vacation options—so what better place to get insider tips and information than from a company founded by a former Alaska guide? We have lived, worked and explored the region in depth, working as former guides, operations managers and naturalists.

This is the ultimate Alaska trip planning guide. We share our extensive knowledge and firsthand experience including when to go, top experiences, and more! We’ve got you covered from the very first stages of planning to what to expect while you are there.

When to Visit Alaska

There’s no wrong time to visit Alaska, but its huge size and diverse regions come with seasonal nuances that may be of interest to you. To learn about Alaska’s short summer travel season (May through September) consult our The Best Time To Visit Alaska guide. This month-by-month Alaska travel guide has tips on weather, wildlife, daylight and the benefits of each month. Be sure to also read our Alaska climate page for longest daylight hours, warmest temperatures, the driest month and more.

How To Travel In Alaska: By Land, By Sea, Or Both! 

How do you want to see and experience Alaska? A land tour to Alaska’s interior, an authentic Alaskan Inside Passage cruise, or a combination of both?  Our Alaska cruises and land tours have been hand selected to offer a wide spectrum of interests, time and budget. So whether you cruise aboard an Alaska Small ship or explore Alaska’s backcountry from our collection of wilderness lodges  you will experience Alaska in a way that’s intimate, active and in touch with nature.

Get a jump start on planning with our “how-to guides” that will help you shape your itinerary. By land, learn all about How to Visit Denali National Park or by sea, our ultimate starter pack How to Choose Your Alaska Cruise. If you want to cruise Alaska on the newest ships or itineraries give our annual roundup What’s New for Alaska Small Ship Cruises a read. 

Alaska Trip Planning Guide For Your Needs & Interests

Looking for a private charter adventure? Or a top Alaska trip specifically for kids and families? AdventureSmith offers Alaska experiences that will fit any need or interest. Start by using the filter options on the left-hand menu to filter our resources for topics like wildlife, family travel, chartering and more to find more of what interests you. Our Alaska travel guide includes interest-specific blogs like  5 Small Ship Cruises For Iconic Alaska Wildlife and Alaska For Kids: 5 Family-Friendly Small Ship Cruises that can help steer you in the right direction.

We have also designated itineraries and accommodations into popular categories to make it even easier to find the trip of your dreams. Consult our curated lists that include the best of the best for popular Alaska categories, respectively:  luxury Alaska cruisesAlaskan cruises for families, and Glacier Bay National Park Cruises & Tours.

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If you don’t find what you are looking for in our Alaska travel guide below please let us know! You can use the comment fields at the bottom of each article to leave your feedback or simply contact us with all your questions. We are Alaska experts- and what we do is help you compare products, give honest unbiased reviews and make suggestions tailored for you.  Our customer service combined with our outstanding Alaska travel advice are the keys to how to travel to Alaska and making it the trip of your dreams. Interested in reading firsthand accounts from our trips? View our Alaska trip reviews written by our crew of professionals and Alaska travelers just like you.