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Scenic Drives in Alaska

Alaska is the home of the world’s most beautiful scenery and is best explored through a road trips. Wherever you go, wilderness surrounds you with enormous mountains, animals appearing, and quaint small towns. And whenever you like, you can explore a side road, make discoveries, and linger for as long as you like.

Anchorage is a great base for scenic day drives and parks are easily accessible. Take off on the legendary Parks Highway, with views of Denali (Mt. McKinley); meander on the Seward Highway with coastal views or set off down the Glenn Highway to view the Matanuska Glacier.  Explore the beauty of Alaska by car at your own pace.

Here is a list of our favorite scenic drives in Alaska. We hope you are inspired to take a road trip and explore the states natural beauty.

  • Denali Park Road (McKinley Park to Kantishna)
  • Matanuska Glacier Scenic Drive
  • Anchorage to Seward (Seward Highway)
  • Eklutna Lake Scenic Drive
  • Exit Glacier Road
  • Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive
  • Turnagain Arm Drive
  • Portage Valley & Whittier Tunnel Drive Guide
  • Old Glenn Highway -Scenic Drives in Alaska
  • Arctic Valley Road- Scenic Drives in Alaska

Are you taking an extended trip to Alaska? Ship your car its more affordable then rental costs. Click here for a free instant quote or give us a call today at (907) 331-3100.

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Alaska Car Shipping

Shipping a car to Alaska is a lot more simple than it sounds. We answered some common questions in this Alaska car shipping guide to help you prepare for your booking.

What do I need to set up my shipment?
• Year, Make & Model of the vehicle
• Vehicle Color
• Vehicle VIN Number
• License Plate Number (If available)

 How long will it take to ship my car?
Transit times vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment. You can visit our transit times page to view delivery times for your specific route.

Can I track the progress of my shipment online?
Yes. Online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real-time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online anytime.

Can I have anything inside my vehicle when shipping?
If you would like to ship personal belongings inside your vehicle, it must be discussed prior to your vehicle being shipped. Your shipping coordinator will notate the weight of the personal items inside the vehicle and your rate will be updated to include personal belongings.

How do I pay for my shipment?
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, electronic transfer, money orders, and company checks. Payment must be made in full prior to the date of your shipment.

Are there size restrictions on shipping my vehicle?
The rates provided online apply to standard size vehicles. A standard size vehicle is defined as any passenger automobile not excedding 21’6″ length x 8′ width x 7′ height. If your vehicle is larger than the standard dimensions, please contact our oversize shipment department by calling (907) 331-3100 to receive a rate for your transportation.

How much gas can I have in my vehicle?
Less than 1/4 tank – no exceptions. This is a coast guard regulation (#176.905). Please note, we do not offer a siphoning service.
What is required on the date of my shipment?
• Copy of booking
• Set of keys
• Picture ID

How can I book my shipment?
For your convenience, you can book your shipment securely online anytime. If you would prefer to set your shipment up with a shipping coordinator, please call (907) 331-3100 during normal business hours.

 

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cool and unusual things to do in Alaska

Truthfully, there is so much to see and do in Alaska that you are not at a loss for adventures. You can see Alaska by foot as you hike and camp in unchartered terrain or take a flightseeing adventure as you hover over massive glaciers to your destination. Take a wild ride on the river and spot some wild Alaskan sea life or pick blueberries and climb a mountain to name just a few more.

However, Alaska has some pretty unusual things to do and here are a few fun and adventurous ones:
The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
At the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show you can watch as master lumberjacks battle it out to see who’s the best lumberjack of them all. At the show, they will face off and see who’s the best at chopping, sawing, and even ax throwing.
Witness the talent and skill it takes to throw an axe and hit the bullseye or how a lumberjack rolls when trying his feet at professional log rolling.

Alaska’s Six Mile Creek
Want the ride of your lifetime? Then, Alaska’s Six Mile Creek is the place to be for you. Six miles of white water rapids starting you off slow and raising the bar till you reach the crossroads of what was I thinking and this is awesome. Before you can even get your ride on, you have to don special protective gear that will keep you somewhat safe in the frigid freezing waters of Alaska and go for a swim. Once you can prove you can handle your swim, you’re allowed to set sail so to speak down the rapid course. What makes this white rapid tour different from any other is that it is held in the icy waters of Alaska and the scenery is like none other.

Ocean Rafting
Just about everyone knows that Alaska is wet, wild and magnificent. Taking a tour while ocean rafting allows you the experience of getting wet, seeing the wild and experiencing the rough Alaskan waters. More importantly, you get to see some of Alaska’s hidden wilderness treasures in the form of anemones and sea caves and abundant wildlife.
Get on the edge – the edge of a volcanic island that is as you make your way over the ocean and to the edge of the volcano. Explore as your jaw drops at the magnificent ride and the scenery along the way.

For a more extensive list of things to do in Alaska, check out this article here:
Awesome Things You Have to Do in Alaska

If you want to say you traveled like a wild adventurer, these three things will fit the bill perfectly. You’ll come home with a tale to tell for generations to come.

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4th of July

Make this 4th of July a memorable one by attending one of the following family friendly celebrations and firework displays in Alaska.

Anchorage

Delaney Park will host the annual Anchorage 4th of July Celebration.  The celebration includes a parade and festival. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. don’t miss it, you can view great period costumes from the revolution. After the parade a festival will follow where you can listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. The festival will also include food, vendors, music and games.

South of Anchorage

Seward

On the 4th of July, the population of Seward swells doubles. Main Street is completely blocked and the streets fill with people for the Independence Day parade. The Festivities include special events, presentations, contests, community gatherings and the Mount Marathon. This annual Marathon is straightforward however very difficult as you have to run to the top of the mountain (3,022 FT) and then back down to finish. The intense marathon finishes with a celebration and firework show on the waterfront.

Eagle River

Celebrate early at the Independence Day party in Eagle River on July 3rd. The event is sponsored by the Eagle River Lions club. The party will have food, entertainment and games in the park. The party will end at nightfall with a firework show.

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Fathers Day

If your dad is like most, he’d love the opportunity to simply spend time with you. He’s busy, you’re busy and it’s all good; however, planning some cool outing with your dad might just make it his best Father’s Day yet.

Keep it Simple

You don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on Father’s Day this year in order to make it a good one. Grab some tickets to a game and jump in your car. The time spent bonding with your dad at a sporting event will create memories to last a lifetime. There’s no price you can put on that. A one-day travel adventure is just as good as an extended vacation.

Or Go Big with a Travel Excursion

What better way to bond with dad than to do take on some manly travel excursions? Fishing is and probably always will be one of the greatest ways  to spend time together. If you and your dad spent countless hours fishing, hiking and camping when you were younger or even if you never got the chance at all, there’s no better time than now to grab your pole and spend time with dad this Father’s Day. If you didn’t plan something yet, there’s still time.

Take a Hike
If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Parks, it’s not too late. Combining the anniversary of our National Parks with Father’s Day is one of the best ideas you can have. You don’t have to worry if dad’s never been hiking before either. There are plenty of parks that offer beginning hiker trails. These National Parks are more for the one-of-a-kind experiences and majestic, magnificent views rather than the actual experience or lack thereof of hiking.

Camp Out
If you’ve ever gone camping with your dad, it was probably when you were a small child. How great would it be to camp out again with dad, only this time more as an equal? You can show your dad just how much you learned from him when camping out as a young boy and just how much you listened to him too. A gift like that is priceless to your dad.
No matter what state you’re in, you’re bound to find a camping excursion that suits you both best or one that’s only a road trip away. Imagine combining a road trip on the open road that ends with a camping outing this Father’s Day weekend. That’s a win/win combination, for sure.
There are dozens of activities to choose from this Father’s Day that will make it a day to remember:
• Hiking
• Fishing
• Camping
• Sporting event
• Rock climbing
• Mountain climbing
• National parks
No matter what you choose, spending time with your dad beats giving him a tie, hands down.

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2016 Ford F-150 Limited

 

Ford F 150

Ford F-150 is one of the most reliable and popular trucks available. With optional regular-, extended- and crew-cab styles, the F-150 ranges from 202 horsepower to 411 horsepower engines in both manual and automatic transmissions. The F-150 is able to haul 3,120 and tow as much as 11,300 pounds. It is the impressive, well-tested mechanics of this truck that has made it one of the best-selling vehicles.

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma has the option of regular-, extended- and crew-cab styles, in addition to four-wheel or two-wheel drive. The V6 engine option provides 236 horsepower and the ability to tow up to 6,500 pounds or haul 1,510 pounds. Some trim packages are intended for racing or off-road driving, but most Tacoma’s are outfitted for reliable hauling and towing. Toyota trucks have repeatedly been put to the test for durability and dependability, and the solid construction and workhorse styling continually come through for this vehicle.

GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra is a full-size pickup truck with trailer sway control, hill-start assist and options for heated seats and reversing cameras. The Sierra can be found with regular-, extended- and crew-cab options, as well as 2- or 4-wheel drive. The Sierra spans a more modest 195 horsepower to 403 horsepower engine, allowing the truck to tow up to 10,700 pounds and carry 2,000 pounds. The flex-fuel capability and Active Fuel Management system makes the GMC Sierra a favorite for its fuel economy and high EPA ratings for both city and highway driving.

Ford F Series Super Duty

The F-Series Super Duty is built for heavy-duty work. The Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine backing this truck provides high powertrain and drivetrain reliability. With upwards of 400 horsepower in its engine the Super Duty has immense towing and hauling power. The truck can carry 7,110 pounds and pull 24,500 pounds with a wide range of cab and trim options and configurations. This choice is perfect for those looking for the most workhorse power.

 Chevy Silverado

The Chevy Silverado is available in a wide variety of iterations, from the 1500 to the 2500HD and 3500HD. With the ability to carry 7,200 pounds and to tow 12,000 pounds, the Silverado can be equipped with up to a V8 engine for maximum power. Specialty options, such as remote links to smartphones and heated seats have made this truck e

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Since 1976, Alaska has paid its residents to live there due to its Permanent Fund Reserve. The payouts are funded by Alaska’s oil royalties and are divided up evenly among citizens.This essentially pays people to permanently live there. Investment earnings on Alaskan mineral royalties are paid out to Alaska residents. The Yearly Resource Rebate payouts vary.  Generally, residents can expect an average of about $1,250. The state feels that it is an investment in their current population as well investing in future generations in hopes that they stay in Alaska. To be eligible for the dividend, you need to have lived in Alaska for one year. This financial incentive can help make up for the higher cost of living that many pay in Alaska. This can be helpful for making other financial goals – like establishing an emergency fund or saving for a home down payment.

Source: https://smartasset.com

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Anchorage and Fairbanks are the two largest cities in Alaska, although the state capital of Juneau is a close second. Juneau and Anchorage will both be a bit colder and wetter in the summer months; by comparison, Fairbanks is quite dry and sunny, with warmer temperatures. Decide what your priorities are and plan your trip accordingly.

Mountain  Views: A trip from Anchorage on the Parks Highway, north to Denali National Park is a good bet; if it is a clear day you might even get a look at the crown jewel – Denali (Mt. McKinley) A drive to Valdez on the Richardson is also a sure bet for mountain vistas.

Warm, dry weather: Spend your time in and around Fairbanks. You will still have distant views of the Alaska Range, but the weather will be warmer and drier than it will be in and around Anchorage or the Kenai Peninsula. Fairbanks has plenty to do: hiking, fishing, and museums – even a natural hot springs at Chena Hot Springs Resort, about an hour outside of the city.

Marine wildlife and/or glacier viewing: Seward and Whittier are both excellent places to take charter tours for wildlife and/or glacier excursions. Ride in luxury on a heated boat while you eat crab cakes and sail past glaciers, or get up close and personal with glaciers on a kayaking trip.

Bears: Your best bet is to spend a few days in Denali National Park. You are not allowed to drive around the park freely in your vehicle – the park restricts the use of personal vehicles to preserve the road and to protect wildlife – but once you are in, visitor buses will bring you all over the park. Igloo Creek is a great area for bear sightings.

 

Source: http://thetravelersway.com/how-to-plan-an-alaska-road-trip/

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Moving to Alaska allows for living in the modern age with the freedom and adventure of living on the edge of wilderness. Major cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau offer career and professional growth opportunities unlike many places in the Lower 48. No matter how long you live in Alaska, you’ll probably never take its natural beauty for granted.

Is Alaska right fit for you?

You will never find out until you visit and explore for yourself. You’ll be surrounded by friendly people . While you’re here, take time to see Denali Park and Kenai Fjords, both near Anchorage. You’ll soon figure out why we think Alaska is the last great place on earth. If you have extra time, check out our smaller communities like Homer, Nome, Haines, Ketchikan, or Skagway.

What are the people like?

Alaska has a very tight-knit community with a taste for adventure and the good life. Many of us like to fish and hunt. Some of us seek a change of pace. No matter how we got here, our remoteness brings us together to solve problems in our own way.

Weather

Sure, winters can get cold however the landscape is beautiful. Dryer air often makes the temperatures more tolerable as compared to other northern states, and the snow supports a wide range of exhilarating outdoor activities. Winter supports access to remote areas that are near impossible to reach during the summer or wet seasons.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Alaska is not as expensive as you might think. The cost of living in many cities throughout Alaska is affordable and is significantly less expensive than other U.S. cities. The state’s best offerings and natural beauty are free.  Places like Anchorage and Fairbanks provide all the conveniences of large cities, but without the congestion and hassles. Commutes can be shorter, so you don’t need to burn a lot of gas. There are greenbelts and parks everywhere with access to dozens of activities for families.

 

Sources: For more information visit http://www.alaska.net/

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Alaska is the home of the world’s most beautiful scenery and is best explored through a road trips. Wherever you go, wilderness surrounds you with enormous mountains, animals appearing, and quaint small towns. And whenever you like, you can explore a side road, make discoveries, and linger for as long as you like.

Anchorage is a great base for scenic day drives and parks are easily accessible. Take off on the legendary Parks Highway, with views of Denali (Mt. McKinley); meander on the Seward Highway with coastal views or set off down the Glenn Highway to view the Matanuska Glacier.  Explore the beauty of Alaska by car at your own pace.

See our list of favorite spots below. We hope you are inspired to take a road trip and explore the natural beauty of Alaska.

  • Denali Park Road (McKinley Park to Kantishna)
  • Matanuska Glacier Scenic Drive
  • Anchorage to Seward (Seward Highway)
  • Eklutna Lake Scenic Drive
  • Exit Glacier Road
  • Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive
  • Turnagain Arm Drive
  • Portage Valley & Whittier Tunnel Drive Guide
  • Old Glenn Highway Scenic Drive
  • Arctic Valley Road Scenic Drive
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