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5 Things You Must Know Before Driving in Alaska

November 15, 2018

Happy Thursday friends! Today I am excited to share 5 things you must know if you are planning a similar road trip throughout Alaska that you must know before you go. These are in no particular order but are very important to note! I hope this helps as you travel throughout this amazing state!
1. Rental Car Limitations
If you are renting a car for your travels in Alaska you will want to know where you are allowed to drive with the car rental agency you are renting from. Some rental car agencies do not allow you to travel on specific highways so make sure you contact them before you arrive so that you know where you can and can't drive. 

In addition to this the price of renting a car (compared to renting an RV for example) can be a bit more cost expensive depending on the time year you travel. The cheapest rental times are in May and September if you have flexibility in your travel. 
2. Rental Car Deposit
An important thing to note is that the rental car deposit for Alaska was higher than other places I have rented from across the country. I was told that this is typical due to the nature of the area, and it might depend on your agency you go with, but you will want to find this out before traveling! 
3. Cell Phone Service
I know that I mentioned this a couple of times throughout my posts on our trip, but as you can imagine when you are going to the "last frontier state", cell phone service is spotty in some areas (and non-existent) in others. You will want to keep this in mind as you plan your trip. I said this several times, but we found the people in Alaska to be incredibly helpful and going out of their way to help if it was needed. 
4. Consider Renting an RV as a Cost-Effective Alternative to a Car
It didn't work for this past road trip, but renting an RV in Alaska is seriously a perfect idea for those who are looking to explore Alaska and are looking to save money on lodging. There are all different rental companies that you could rent from and you can find some suggestions HERE
5. Certain Roads in Alaska are Closed Depending on the Season you Travel
So most of the notes that I have mentioned are based on traveling during the summer in Alaska, but if you choose to travel at a different time of the year you will want to investigate if the road will be open or closed. Certain roads are closed during the winter season so make sure to check this out before your travels!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read today. I want to say a special "thank you" for excitedly joining in on all of these Alaska posts these past couple of months! It has been such a joy to share them with you and I can't wait to share a special surprise tomorrow so stop back by then! While I am sure that there will be a few additional posts about this time or Alaska in general in the next couple of months, I am so grateful for y'all in following along on this specific series from this past summer. 

Thank you again friends! I hope that this has inspired you to plan your own road trip throughout Alaska in the coming year or years! 

PS- If you are curious about the specific details of the road trip that we took throughout Alaska or if you are planning a similar road trip (or just want to see and dream about visiting the beauty!) I hope the information below is helpful. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

 // A Trip To Remember: Our 9 Day Alaskan Road Trip Itinerary//
// 5 Reasons You Need to Take an Alaskan Road Trip//

Anchorage: // Anchorage Travel Guide//

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Scenic Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)// Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1-South// A Beautiful Lake Adventure Near Chickaloon// A Cloudy & Beautiful Drive on Alaska 1-South//


Chugach Mountains: // Eklutna Lake//


Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Hike// 

// Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge //

Denali State Park Area:// Denali Highway Video// One Last Adventure on the Denali Highway// 

// The Denali Highway: Part Two // The Denali Highway: Part One// 
//The Drive to Cantwell// Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge //

General Alaska Tips: // 5 Things You Must Know Before Driving in Alaska //

 // Best Alaskan Books to Purchase for Your Road Trip //
// What to Pack for an Alaskan Summer Road Trip //
// Why You Should Dream About Visiting Alaska //

Girdwood:  // Winner Creek Trail Video// Winner Creek Trail //

Hatcher Pass Area: // Hatcher Pass Video// Hatcher Pass // Little Susitna River //


Homer (Kenai Peninsula) Area: // Homer Video// Homer Spit// Homer Lighthouse// Bishop's Beach//

// A Brief History of Homer //

Thompson Pass Area: // Thompson Pass Area Video 
// Worthington Glacier Hike//

//Worthington Glacier//
// Among the Alaskan Fireweed on Alaska 4-S: A Beautiful Symbol of Hope in the Hard Seasons of Life //
// A Brief History of & Drive on Alaska 4-South of the Richardson Highway//Klutina River//
// The Beginning Drive to Thompson Pass// 

Wrangell-St. Elias Park Area: //Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge //

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