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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Alaska Money-Saving Tips

Dress in layers

Whatever time of year you travel, keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, so packing and wearing layers is recommended. Be sure to consult the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s regional climate tips and packing advice before traveling (https://www.travelalaska.com/Planning/Alaska%20Climate.aspx).

Ask about Discounts

Investigate any special discounts that might apply to you, like senior citizen, AAA, or military discounts.

Bring binoculars

One of the main reasons visitors come to Alaska is to partake in the superb wildlife viewing, and binoculars make the experience all the more enjoyable, allowing you to zoom in on the breaching humpbacks of Glacier Bay or the grizzlies of Denali -- from a safe distance, of course. 

Adjust your internal clock

While the summer sun can be deliriously energizing, a 3 a.m. sunset can take it's toll on your sleeping schedule. Try a sleep mask or blacking out your hotel room’s windows with blinds and curtains to get some much-needed shut-eye.

Rent a set of wheels

Renting a car is easy in Alaska’s larger cities and offers maximum freedom to explore the state on its scenic highways. Additionally, RVs are a great option for those seeking to take their time exploring the open country between destinations. Pay close attention to fuel levels, especially when driving off the major roads, as gas stations are not always easy to find.

Avoid ports on cruise ship days

Local tourism boards and cruise websites can provide information as to when cruise ships will be in port, allowing you to steer clear of extremely busy areas during this time.

Don’t set your heart on viewing Denali

While most visitors make the trek to Denali National Park with plans of glimpsing snow-clad Mount McKinley, keep in mind that cloud cover often obscures the 20,320-foot behemoth. Denali is so big that it makes its own weather, and it’s completely shrouded by clouds roughly one-third of the time. But even with the elements, the peak can appear at any moment, making it worth a trip. 

Plan a “flightseeing” tour

Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents – six times as many pilots per capita as the rest of the country. “Flightseeing” tours on bush planes (small airplanes) to road-less Native American villages or above the Arctic Circle make for fascinating day trips, while helicopter tours that incorporate landings on glaciers or mountaintops are also perennially popular.

Consider ferry services

The most popular way to travel to Alaska is on a cruise ship. But if you are based on land, the state-run ferries operating on the Alaska Marine Highway is a scenic means of travel, particularly on routes between the water-bound coastal communities of the Inside Passage or from the Kenai Peninsula to Kodiak Island. (800) 642-0066; http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/pubs/ 

Plan Ahead

Book everything from train tickets to hotel rooms as far in advance as possible in the high summer season, particularly if you're planning to travel to the national park areas, where tours and accommodations book up quickly. Keep an eye out for early booking discounts on lodging and packages, which usually crop up in January and February.

Consider Cruising

In 2011, Disney pulled into Alaskan ports for the first time, and a bevy of other lines debuted new routes and excursions, including Silversea Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and more. 

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