Anchorage is the main airport of entry into Alaska. Direct flights to Anchorage are not easy to find. As a rule, the trip requires a stopover in cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis or Vancouver.
A leisurely discovery of Alaska requires a combination of different means: internal flights, car or caravan rental, boat tours, scenic flights, hiking and more.
Flights within Alaska are operated by the state airline Alaska Air. Other smaller planes provide air taxi services all over the country.
A budget car rental in Anchorage costs, during the high season – June to September – a minimum of 35 euros per day. You can get lower prices if you guarantee your booking well in advance and for longer rental periods. There are also agencies in Anchorage that rent used cars at cheaper prices.
Few of the towns in the Panhandle (as Southeast Alaska is also called) are large enough or have a road system to justify a rental car. The exception may apply to Juneau or Skagway if you wish to visit the surrounding areas and cross the border to the Canadian side.
Outside the villages, Southeast Alaska has almost no roads. The best way to explore it is to buy a pass from the Alaska Marine Highway System that connects the various villages by sea.
The boat trips to glaciers and to the sounds cost around 100 euros per person and panoramic flights range from 300 to 600 euros, depending on the area overflown and the combination with other activities.
Alaska's hottest season runs from June to late August. In these months, the days have the longest duration of the year (up to 20 hours of light) but prices are at their maximum and No Vacancy warnings are frequent. From September to November, there are the first significant drops in temperature and some tours no longer take place, but the autumnal landscape is much more photogenic than that of summer and the experience can prove to be genuine. Starting in mid-November, Alaska's interior reaches truly extreme freezing temperatures. Alaska Weather Services
Largely because of its isolation from the Lower 48 states and the austere climate, Alaska has one of the highest costs of living in the US. The local currency is the US dollar (USD). International withdrawals are possible everywhere as are credit card payments. When the Euro appreciates substantially against the US dollar, prices become more affordable, otherwise Alaska is a territory that is quite expensive to explore.
A half liter of water costs around 0.80 euros. A complete meal can cost between 10 euros in a cheap restaurant and 500 euros in a more sophisticated restaurant. Unleaded gasoline in the capital Juneau it costs about 0.65 euros per liter and diesel has very similar prices.