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Top Tips to Travel Like a Local in Alaska this Summer - Part 2


Local Expert - Lee Boughan/Cruise Planners of Apopka


Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel franchise business network in the industry, wants everyone to make the most of the upcoming travel season. Instead of standing out like a tourist with a camera and fanny pack, Cruise Planners is lending its expertise to those traveling to the great state of Alaska to blend in like a local and experience the true culture of the state.

A lot of people think of Alaska and associate it with bears and fishing, and while Alaskan wildlife is breathtaking, the state has a culture all of its own, and it’s not what you may think, there is a rich history and culture in Alaska that is unlike anywhere else in the lower 48.

To get the best glimpse of the true character of Alaska, Cruise Planners suggests the following tips and Alaska summer trips:

The Klondike Gold Rush is part of the history of Alaska. The Klondike Gold Rush is part of the history of Alaska.

Remember the Gold Rush: Certain mining cities in Alaska saw their heyday during the Gold Rush, which you can still see today in souvenir shops, time period reenactments, and the railroad. Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad in a windowed rail car where you will be able to view wildlife in their natural habitat. You can even sit and sip local brews made in Alaska and enjoy pints of Gold Rush Golden Ale among other local favorites.

Embrace the Culture: There is a rich Native American culture in Alaska, and many traditions and values are still very much a part of the lives of Alaskans. Whether it’s tribal rituals or the amazing art, the rich and historic culture of Alaska is unique and impressive. Check out the totem poles around the state when you visit ports of call.

Know When to Go: The travel window in Alaska is condensed, and the travel months are from May through September. This is usually when kids are out of school, so Alaska is a great family destination. Also, during the summer months, the sun is up in Alaska for most of the day and night, only setting for a few hours, which adds to the mystique.

See Alaska by Land and Sea: Many travelers visit Alaska for a cruise, but we also recommend adding a few days for a land tour to visit the interior of Alaska. Check out Denali National Park – to get there, many travelers fly or sail into Seward and take a glass-domed rail car with huge landscape views to Anchorage. It’s a beautiful ride and a great way to see the countryside, spot animals and travel through the terrain quickly.

Decide How to Get There: Cruising is a great way to see the Land of the Midnight Sun, allowing you to see multiple ports day after day to see as much of this beautiful land as possible. Every traveler’s needs are unique, and there are different cruise lines to satisfy those travel needs. Are you looking to travel with the whole family with onboard activities to keep everyone entertained? Consider a Royal Caribbean International Alaska cruise. Looking for a more upscale and chic Alaskan vacation? Try Celebrity Cruises. Going for a luxury, all-inclusive Alaska experience? Climb aboard a Regent Seven Seas Cruises voyage. No matter how you want to see the Last Frontier, your travel agent can help you with a cruise line that will suit your travel desires.


Understand the Geography: There are a few major cruise ports that sail to Alaska: San Francisco, Seattle, Seward (near Anchorage) and Vancouver. Also, some cruises are roundtrip, while others take you through the entire Inside Passage and you disembark and fly home from a different city than you started. Talk with your travel agent to find out which embarkation port and route would be best for you.

Alaska is a hot destination this summer and while occupancy is quickly filling up, savvy travelers with flexible dates should work with a travel agent to book something this summer.

Join in on the fun this travel season and head up to the Great White North. A trip to Alaska is a one of a kind experience and there is a cruise option for all types of travelers. If you want to combine a cruise and land vacation in Alaska, ask Lee Boughan your Cruise Planners travel advisor about Completely Packaged Vacations for your summer travel www.LeesCruiseAndTours.com

Lee Boughan is the owner of Cruise Planners of Apopka

Alaska, Cruise Planners


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