The main downside of Alaska is the cost in getting there and hotels once you have arrived.
In addition, public transport in this monstrous state is infrequent and travelling from place to place is time-consuming, so getting around is an issue too.
All-in-all pretty good reasons to travel with a good tour operator who will organise discounted accommodation and transport, not to mention knowing the optimum routes for scenery, wildlife, activities and travel time.
Yes, we at bugbog prefer individual travel too, but get real, touring Alaska solo is not a good option unless you are content to see a small area – and what’s the point of that considering the expense of getting there? More downsides
Haines, South-East Alaska. Photo by Colin Lea.
Haines, tightly girdled by water, glaciers and mountains, makes an excellent hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing and wildlife-spotting base (especially Black and Brown bears in the Chilkoot area mid-June-September, whales, moose and eagles).
In addition Haines is the major hub to/from Alaska’s Yukon or Interior via the Alaska Highway and from Juneau and Sitka by ferry.
By road Haines to Skagway is 359 miles, to Dawson City 498 miles, to Fairbanks 653 miles, to Anchorage 775 miles, to Seattle 1774 miles .
Dog-sledding tours in an Alaskan winter. This Denali photo was taken by Jacob W.
Anchorage is easy to fly into and has a lively winter culture program including mad competitions in February and March such as the Fur Rendezvous and Iditarod dog-sled racing, as well as good access to lake skating, dog sledding tours and training, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Not to mention eco-nasty but nice snowmobiles.
More winter activities information.