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Reasons to fly to Alaska

Booking flights to Alaska remain a mystery for some, but those who do book Alaska flights and venture to "The Last Frontier” catch a glimpse of the nation’s most beautiful landscapes, engaging wildlife and natural habitats, and a more simplistic way of living.

If you love to fly you’re in luck! One of the best ways to see the country is to board a prop-plane and buy airline tickets to see remote villages, fishing sites and just about anywhere else you want to go. You can also get to Alaska via ship, train or bus, but the fares are more expensive. Major airline carriers book flights to Alaska’s hub, Anchorage, and from there travelers can book other Alaska flights to various parts of the country.

You don’t have to be adventurous or outdoorsy to book a flight to Alaska. But, most people who have been to Alaska agree that a visit is in order to understand its greatness. Consider this statistic: the state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times. Alaska is called American’s "Last Frontier" for a reason. Book flights to Alaska with an open mind, and let the country captivate you with its simplicity and its beauty.

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Alaska climate

Given the enormous size of Alaska and its location, the weather varies greatly depending on where your Alaska flight takes you. Some places go into the 80s (F) and 90s in summer, others make it into the 30s. Along the southern coast winter temperatures are in the 20s, while farther north they drop to -50 and lower. The southern areas have well-defined four seasons and northern areas have winter and summer. The northern coast has the most dramatic change in daylight hours. In Barrow, the sun sets at 12.50pm on November 18 and rises at 11.51am on January 24. By 1.06am on May 10 there is 24-hour daylight.  Alaskan weather is famously unpredictable; a snow storm on July 4 followed by a hot July 5 is not out of character.

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Getting around Alaska

Alaskan cities are fairly easy to drive in and park; the exception is parking an RV in downtown Anchorage during the week. All sorts of vehicles travel the Alaska Highway, which is open year-round and is paved for all but a few miles.

Other popular ways to get around Alaska are by water and by air; in fact, the only way to many towns, including Juneau, the state's capital, is via air or water. Many cruise lines offer tours of Alaska, and state-owned ferries can get you from one point to another. Another option is to travel through Alaska by rail, bush plane, air taxi, or helicopter.

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Alaska airports

Most flights to Alaska arrive in Anchorage (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)), but other airports in Alaska include:

Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)

Juneau International Airport (JNU)

Ketchikan International Airport (KTN)

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    La Guardia to Anchorage International:
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    In-flight reading

    Coming into the Country

    John McPheeA complex picture of Alaska’s geography, culture, ecology, and politics, viewed through the eyes of bush pilots, prospectors, settlers, businesspeople, and politicians.

    To the Top of Denali

    Art DavidsonStories of successful and unsuccessful ascents of Mt. McKinley and discussion of the mountain’s future amid problems brought about by climbs, such as rescue efforts, tours, trash, and sanitation.

    Alaska Native Ways

    Natives of Alaska and Will Mayo (Introduction)An anthology of native writers conveying the values and practices of their people and legacy.

    Race Across Alaska

    Libby Riddles and Tim JonesDetails of the Iditarod (1200-mile dogsled race) — from preparing for checkpoints and dealing with competitors to the physical dangers of the race — told by the first woman to win it.

    Call of the Wild

    Jack LondonThe Enriched Classics version has the original text along with maps, illustrations, and annotations of the story of a dog at the hands of cruel people and harsh tundra life.

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