Today’s post is a fun one, I’m sharing how to honeymoon in Alaska with some tips, tricks, and words of advice for traveling to the last frontier.
I’m sharing it today because three years ago I married my amazing husband and for our honeymoon we went to Alaska! It was such a great trip, and to this day I think back on all the immensely beautiful landscapes and sights we saw. Even as I was posting these pictures I couldn’t believe that I got to see these things – looking at the pictures also makes me want to go back!
I always love scrolling through peoples’ vacation photos and hearing their overviews, and since these photos haven’t been shared here and it is our anniversary AND my husband reads my blog, I thought I’d surprise him with this post … happy anniversary babe!
The above picture is of the Kenai River, I fell in love with this river because of its gorgeous color! Every time we’d be driving and I’d spot the vibrantly blue/turquoise water through the trees I’d make a point to pull off to the road to take a picture – the water, just look at it!!
We choose Alaska as our honeymoon destination because after all the craziness that is a wedding, we wanted something low key. Somewhere we could relax and explore at our own pace. Alaska turned out to be perfect for such a trip. Every road leads to gorgeous nature and sights that are like nothing you’ve seen before.
So let me share some info on honeymooning to Alaska:
- Location – Alaska is huge, it is one-fifth the size of the Lower 48 and Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined! I was curious how big Alaska was, so I did some googling, and Alaska.org has a ‘How Big Is Alaska‘ section which has a drop-down menu where you can choose your state and it will tell you how big Alaska is in comparison, and apparently you could fit Wisconsin into Alaska 10 times! So you get a picture of how big it is, right? We decided we wanted to fly into Anchorage and then rent a car and do day trips to and from the area.
- Lodging – we opted to stay in a cabin and then do day trips to and from our central location. I did tons and tons of searching, mainly on Home Away/vrbo (vacation rental by owner), and found this cabin that was nestled on the side of a mountain, about 20 minutes outside of Anchorage. The cabin owners were so welcoming, they even got us a little present (it was a book on unique Alaska locations!) and they made us cookies (which were super delicious, totally wish I had the recipe for them) which they left in the freezer. Our pricing was a little different because it was a few years ago, but here is a link to the specific cabin we stayed at….if ever in the Anchorage area, I would highly recommend this cabin! The cabin was located in an area called Eagle River, and a 10 minute drive from the cabin brought us to the river and beautiful hiking areas
- Packing – make sure to check the weather! Sooooo before leaving I asked my hubby ‘what’s the weather going to be like’ (we got married Sept 1. and the weather for our wedding was beautiful – slightly cloudy and in the upper 60s), he responds ‘in the 60s’ I assumed he had checked the weather (he claims he did to this day *insert eye roll*) and we get there and it’s freezing! YUP! I had brought layers, thank God, but I spent the vacation bundled up and cold. And my hubby? Well, you’ll note that in all the pictures you see him in a grey fleece/blue jacket – we bought that in Anchorage…but we won’t talk about that, right? Needless to say, when packing for your Alaska getaway be sure to pack lots of layers and a coat! The weather is super cold at night and then warms up (only slightly) during the day.
- Itinerary – here’s where the fun comes in! Before any vacation I make a spreadsheet with the number of days and then I jot down different options of things to do. While I don’t plan down to the minute (that would be too much pressure and then I would feel late or like I was being rushed) I do make a list of activities and outings that I think we’ll enjoy. While you can’t go wrong on any sightseeing tour in Alaska (everything is just so pretty) there were a few that were just above and beyond amazing. The first is a glacier tour. It’s just a must. If you’re in Alaska, please go see some glaciers! We took a 5 hour glacier tour out of Whittier (only an hour and a half drive from Anchorage). Along the cruise we saw many different glaciers, and I was transfixed by the color of the water, it was just so blue and turquoise! So a glacier tour is a must! We did take another wildlife cruise which as only ok after seeing the astounding glaciers. On the wildlife cruise – it was only a 2 hour one, so we didn’t go out as far, we did see sea otters! They were so fun to look at – and we also learned to really fun facts about them: 1-1 square inch of their fur contains as much fur on it as a typical 100lb dog! I mean, they do have to stay warm swimming in those icy waters, right? And 2-if they find a rock they like for breaking open food (they like club their food from what I understood) they will tuck the rock under their arm and swim around with it – talk about a favorite eating utensil! On our drive from Whittier back to Anchorage, or as a matter of fact many of the drives out/into Anchorage go along the Chugach State Park – along the Turnagain Arm off the Golf of Alaska – and that drive was just stunning. As we were driving once I kept seeing little signs for ‘salmon viewing areas’ and one of those times Nick said we should go check it out. Turns out, it is exactly what it says it is – a salmon viewing area – you literally can see the salmon swimming!! There are a few other things definitely worth noting – we went on a train ride from Anchorage to Seward via the Alaska Railroad. That is another must. One could walk out on these little balconies (it was too cold to stand out there more than a few seconds, but tooootally worth it and a cool experience)! We drove to Talkeetna to see some views of Denali, but we really didn’t like the town – it was super small and jam packed with tourists, so we found a viewing spot, took a picture of Denali and drove away to other adventures! We also took a walking food tour in Anchorage. That was super cool, and there were some unique foods we got to try- we tried salmon truffles, salmon pizza, and then reindeer hot dogs (they don’t have beef like they have in the lower 48! haha…still felt like I was eating rudolf though so I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the unique salmon dishes).
Alaska stole my sightseeing heart, I cannot wait to go back and see it again! Have you ever been?