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1. Posted by Jerryrock (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
Just looking for advice on a trip to alaska at the start of march.
I will be travelling from vancouver, for about a week.
Can anybody tell me what is the likely cost of flights,accom, etc
I am intrested in wildlife and would like to see the scenery of alaska. Any help is appreciated.

2. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

where you planning on going in Alaska. I went to Anchorage, Homer, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and North Pole, last summer and can tell you loads on them. Hostels I stayed in, train ride fares, wildlife, etc...

If want wildlife, Denali National Park is a must!

3. Posted by Jerryrock (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thats fro the reply, im not sure where i want to go, Denali park looks fantastic alright. Im not sure will my travel be restricted because of the time of year or does it matter?
I would like to travel by train if i could. If I wanted to visit the park could you suggest the cheapest way to get there from Vancouver.
Again thanks for taking the time, I really appreciate it.

4. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would suggest flying to Alaska and then using the train and shuttle bus services to get around the state. Alaska is just so far up there and so remote that your best bet really is to fly. You should not encounter any restrictions within the state though because of the time of year. its just still going to be really cold yet with snow on the ground.

5. Posted by candace (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am also travelling to Alaska in March and have done quite a bit of research. The train runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks on Saturdays and from Fairbanks to Anch on Sundays in the winter. $137 one way.

I am flying up from Seattle to Anchorage. Seemed to be the most direct route. You can get fares as low as $225 round trip on Air Alaska out of Seattle. I couldn't find anything direct from Van to Anchorage -- they all seem to go thru Seattle.

If you're going the beginning of March, are you planning to check out the Iditarod? The ceremonial start is on Sat, March 3, in Anchorage. And there is a musher's banquet on March 1 that the public can attend. The official start of the race is March 2 in Wasilla.

Depending on your budget, there are lots of opportunities for flightseeing -- see the countryside, Mt. McKinley, etc.

Accommodation ranges from very reasonable to about $250ish. Depends on what you want to spend.

Dog mushing is something you might want to try -- you can take 1/2 day or full day lessons around Anchorage and Fairbanks.

If you want to see the northern lights, apparently it is best to head north up around Fairbanks. There are a also a couple of places in the far north that are supposed to be great for Northern Lights -- Coldfoot Camp and Bettles Lodge.

As for Denali, I don't know how much you will see in the winter. However, I think there may be a lodge that is open. Try a search for Denali + lodge +winter. Finally, there is a tour company that has some interesting stuff.
Good luck

6. Posted by Sio (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Actaully I'm interested in going to Alaska from Van mid or end of march. Def to anchorage then I don't know. I was wondering if there are any ride sharing services like there are on the east of Canada for Quebec and Montreal?