Alaska for Alaskans: an inexpensive ‘statecation’ to stretch your travel dollar
There are people who live in New York City who have never been to the top of the Empire State Building, Texans who’ve never been to a rodeo. San Franciscans who’ve never taken a streetcar. It happens. You live in a place that people travel to from all over the world to see and, to you, it’s just where you live. But when you take a moment to look around you, you might see not only that you’ve been missing a lot, but that seeing those amazing sights is a whole lot cheaper for you, because the biggest cost — getting there — is not a factor.
Welcome to what we call statecations. Inexpensive vacations that you can experience in your extended backyard: your own home state.
There’s no doubt that Alaska is a beautiful state. It’s no wonder why so many people visit from all over the globe time after time each year. If you live in this state and you’re craving a weekend getaway, you have many low-cost things to do at your fingertips. Here’s what you can do on your next Alaskan statecation:
Experience the Northern Lights and Chena Hot Springs
How many amazing pictures have we seen of the northern lights? Well, since you live in the state, head over to tripadvisor.com to book your next Northern lights tour for as little as $175.00 per person. You will also be able to see The Aurora Ice Museum and the Chena Hot Springs Resort. On your way to and from the tour, be sure to look for moose, and other wild animals! It is certainly not uncommon to see nature walking along these roads.
Whale watch and visit the Mendenhall Glaciers
Spot whales with friends and family on a two-hour guided tour in the wild for as little as $141.75. Cruise through Juneau on your way to the harbor and learn about the history of the Alaskan wildlife. Afterward, you’ll get to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center where you can take as many pictures as your cameras can handle and hike the pathways right in the middle of nature. Plus, you’ll get to view the incredible ice sculptures by world famous carvers!
Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise
If you’re a cruise enthusiast, this 8.5-hour adventure is perfect for you. For $243.18, you’ll sail to Northwestern Fjord in the Kenai Fjords National Park. And as you make your way through the journey, you’ll get to see the Chiswell Islands (part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge) or Cape Resurrection and bask in all of nature’s glory. According to tripadvisor.com you’ll “continue to Harris Bay, with hidden coves, rugged mountains, and possibly feeding whales. When you enter the untouched and untamed Northwestern Fjord, look for the alpine glaciers nestled high on the cliffs.”
Stay at The Alyeska Resort
This high-end resort tucked inside the Chugach Mountains on Alaska’s southcentral coast offers several packages for everyone to enjoy. From their Romance Package to the Family Package to the Summer Tram package to the Stress Relief Package, this resort is a great place to escape when you live in this state. Here, the resort team will help you organize your activities. You can take part in hiking, sea kayaking, glacier and wildlife cruises, Alaska SeaLife Center and scenic flightseeing tours. And if you’re visiting just to ski, you’ve come the right place. This resort averages about 669” of snow during each season and his home to the longest double black ski run in all of North America.
If you live in Alaska (or any of the states we operate in from coast to coast) and need a little help affording your Statecation, see if you qualify for one of our personal loans by applying today. With fair rates and flexible terms, it’s easy to fit payments into your budget. And, one of our loans is a whole lot smarter way to finance your vacation than putting some or all of it on credit cards. Read more about that, and other affordable travel tips in our many travel posts.
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