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5 Summer Road Trips Worth Filling The Gas-tank For

July 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

When making your final vacation plans for this Summer, take our recommendation: skip the stop to your preferred airline booking website and haul out the road atlas to create yourself a Great American Roadtrip. This is a great way to see our beautiful country — and have a bit more control over experiences (and photo ops) that will last a lifetime.

Okay, we know this isn't the fasted way to get from point A to point B, but with gas prices on average about $1 cheaper than last Summer, packing up the car and hitting the road won't break the bank.

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A First Timers' Guide to Visiting Denali National Park

Where: Denali National Park , Alaska, United States
July 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

Denali National Park is the Last Frontier's most iconic open space, sprawling across 6 million acres. The word "Denali" translates to "the high one," and it is named as such for its crown jewel, Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak at 20,237 feet. Established in 1917, the Park will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in two years, and it remains one of Alaska's top recreational playgrounds and tourism attractions.

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Inside Look: Three Things We Learned Aboard the Star Princess Alaskan Cruise

July 16, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

View of the top deck as the Star Princess sails through Alaska's Inside Passage

This year, Princess Cruises is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its first sail. The occasion is certainly bringing its fair share of on-board celebrations along with it, making it an ideal time to shove off on one of its ships and take a look at what's happening. In June, this contributor sailed on the Star Princess from Anchorage to Vancouver as part of the Voyage of the Glaciers southbound route. Read on to take a walk through the ship, explore its new offerings, and discover a few things I learned about Alaskan cruising from my experience.

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5 Reasons The Alaska Marine Highway Is Better Than A Cruise

April 15, 2015 at 12:53 PM | by | ()

If you’re looking for a slick travel experience with nonstop action and amenities, an Alaskan cruise may be for you. But if you’re into a more rough and tumble, mingle-with-the-locals kind of travel style, the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry rocks our world. Especially the route from Bellingham to Southeast Alaska.

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A Cruise Specialist Has a Few Quick Tips on Cruising Through Alaska

March 3, 2015 at 12:59 PM | by | ()

Thinking about cruising in 2015? Then say hello to our cruise specialist, MaidenVoyage. As a travel agent who spends day in and day out booking cruises for curious travelers, she knows cruise lines and ships like the back of a muster drill script. Got a question about cruises? Even a stupid one? MaidenVoyage has heard and seen it all, so don't be shy. Send your cruise question to her!

The one cruise request that I've been getting daily for the last few weeks is...Alaska. Y'all back in the Northeast just groaned, I'm sure. See, over here in the western U.S., where I'm based, we've had a mild winter. Besides, from here traveling to Alaska isn't an all day thing like going to Florida or the Caribbean or Europe.

So since the AK cruise season is upon us and since that just happens to be the last cruise we took (on the Celebrity Solstice), we thought we'd give you a Cruising Alaska 101 story. Grab your hats and gloves!

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Into the Wild'

September 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Going off the grid is something many people may dream of, but rarely does it become the entire focus of a film. Not only is 'Into the Wild' the tale of a young man's voyage to fulfill a lifelong dream to get to Alaska on his own, but this true story shows the perils of wilderness travel and how the journey can be completely worth the risk.

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Road Trip to These 5 Historic US Ghost Towns

June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.

The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:

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Travel Trivia: What are the USA's Largest and Smallest National Parks?

April 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

National Park Week is upon us, which, on a grand scale, is a time to reflect on what an incredible job our country does at preserving its natural landscape. We are the world leader in this effort, especially when you consider the size of our country and how many cooks we have in the kitchen as compared to other nations.

Although vast open space is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a National Park, the sites actually come in all shapes and sizes, and include monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House (President’s Park). And as you’ll see, some are even found in cities and take up less space than an apartment building. In total, the parks cover 84 million acres in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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Three Travel Contests to Enter Before April Ends

April 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, as there’s alway these current contests:

United Airlines Belize Daily Instant Win

Enter between now and April 30th each and every day, as United Airlines is giving away some airfare over to Belize as part of the My Coke Rewards program. Apparently if Belize isn't your preferred destinations things can be changed, as options across the United States and Central America are also open to the winners. It's all part of Earth Day celebrations, as they want you to learn all about United and their commitment to the environment. The link above will fill you in on the rules and regulations, and you'll be one-step closer to scoring something with an a approximate retail value of $1,050.

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Cheers to New Beer Onboard Alaska Airlines

February 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

We’re all about the beverage cart, and we’re not talking about the difficult decision regarding Coke or Diet Coke. We’re interested in new additions to the in-flight menu, so we wanted to share that Alaska Airlines is adding a new option to their mile high menu.

The airline is starting up a little in-flight beer tasting, as they’re welcoming Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.'s Old 55 Pale Ale into the cabin. Things will be limited to Bombardier Q400 flights between spots like Anchorage and Fairbanks as well as Anchorage and Kodiak. However, even with the limited availability—we certainly can't complain about a free drink while up in the air.

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Throwback Thursday: Cruising Alaska Before It Was Cool

Where: AK
November 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The adjectives you hear from someone who's just taken an Alaska cruise usually include words like "majestic," "sparkling," "breathtaking," and "invigorating." Standing along a ship rail face-to-face with a glacier or whale tails is indeed a unique experience, one travelers craved even before the advent of Caribbean cruising.

YouTube video by Cruising the Past pieces together footage and images from cruises to Alaska (mostly departing from Seattle), for the decades spanning the 1920s through 1950s.

We won't spoil the mini film for you, but do keep a look out for the clip of passengers dancing on the aft deck, enjoying crisp temperatures and sunshine on the Inside Passage. And shuffleboard—there's always shuffleboard!

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Austin and Anchorage are All Set for Virgin America's Airplanes

February 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Double A's, right this way! Virgin America today announced that they'll soon be flying to two new destinations starting with the letter "A," and that's about all they have in common.

First, we have Austin, Texas. This beautiful city is best known for keeping things weird, hosting SxSW, serving BBQ, and having live music every day of the week. “Austin and San Francisco share strong cultural and business links," says Virgin America CEO David Cush, and we couldn't agree more.

Between San Francisco Airport's free wifi at Terminal 2, the in-flight wifi on the plane, and the wifi at AUS it'll be like you never even left your office (so slipping away for a Texas stay is easy-peasy). Service to Austin from San Francisco is scheduled to begin May 21, 2013, with fares from $89 each way.

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