Newly relaxed entry rules: What it’s like to travel to Alaska right now

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Now is a great time to go. A lack of cruisers means a lot less crowding at popular sites such as Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Plus, local businesses are happy to see tourists after a year of the pandemic. Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. and that means there is always plenty of room to roam — though note that overland travel in Alaska can be complicated and time-consuming, so plan your trip carefully.

The lack of cruise crowds mean you’ll have even more elbow room. We were there in March just as winter turned to spring and it was really quiet. It will be busier this summer, but there will be more than ample opportunity to social distance.

There are also great deals to be found right now. We found flights from Los Angeles to Anchorage for June for as low as $207 roundtrip. More details below. Read more