Alaska travel advice
The majority of visitors to Alaska will see it from the decks of one of the huge cruise ships that head up its western coast.
Here at Audley we prefer a more intimate view of this state and have researched a host of accommodation options and experiences that enable you to explore this remarkable northern state in detail.
Accommodation in Alaska
Due to the remoteness and limited size of most communities, accommodation choices can be limited. However we have researched some delightful lodges, bed and breakfast properties and wilderness retreats to ensure you have a never to be forgotten trip.
With such a short summer season and so many small communities, early reservations are highly recommended. The state offers a variety of hotels, motels, character bed and breakfasts and delightful lodges often set amidst the most stunning scenery.
Our Alaska specialists have visited a huge range of properties to find those that best match your preferences and budget.
Travel here lends itself to a variety of modes of transport. Whilst driving is a delight, travelling by train, light aircraft, ferry and cruise ship is a pleasure amidst such inspiring scenery.
Food and drink
Alaska doesn't have a distinctive cooking style, but its cuisine stands apart in its use of local ingredients. The abundance of fresh seafood is usually featured and there are over five species of salmon regularly found, along with a variety of local meats. North American breakfasts can be a real highlight and will often include eggs, pancakes and maple syrup or continental breakfasts that involve pastries, muffins and croissants.
Tipping is a custom in Alaska and is expected, especially in bars and restaurants if you receive good service. The standard tip is usually 15%. It is also common practice to tip your taxi drivers and tour guides.
Money and expenses
The official currency is the US Dollar. US Dollar travellers' cheques can be exchanged at all major banks, international airports and foreign exchange bureaux. Some shops will also accept them as long as they are presented with your passport. All major credit cards are widely accepted and you will also be able to access US currency from ATM machines as long as you have your four digit pin-code. There is no state-wide tax on goods and services, however some communities, particularly in the southeast, impose their own sales tax of between 4 and 7%.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website.
When to go to Alaska
You'll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to Alaska.