If pristine wilderness, secluded escapades, and a cabin in the woods sound like a place where you would want to spend some quality time with your spouse, then we have a winner and it’s Alaska. ‘The Great Land’ in North America, has umpteen reasons why you should spend your honeymoon in Alaska.
Alaska is the best place to unwind and reconnect with your spouse after a wedding frenzy. Since Alaska is the largest state in the USA, it can be a little mind-boggling to set a perfect itinerary for a honeymoon in Alaska. But worry not for this ultimate these Alaska honeymoon ideas will help you plan a perfect honeymoon for you.
About Honeymoon in Alaska
Alaska provides you with one-of-a-kind honeymoon experience offering you all the thrill and seclusion you seek. What doesn’t it have? Thrilling adventures, breathtaking scenery, romantic lodges, and seclusion. Alaska checks all the boxes a couple desires from their honeymoon.
The spectacular scenery and unique wildlife in the backcountry provide a plenty of opportunities to honeymooners for private adventures and secluded moments. Watch the stellar Northern Lights while you cuddle up with your bae in the wood cabins or have romantic moments on a honeymoon cruise surrounded by snowy mountains and icebergs. It is also highly likely a wild bear may come third-wheeling with you. LOL!
Weather in Alaska
Come prepared for all kinds of weather situations in Alaska. Alaska has a reputation for harsh winters. The temperature varies from region to region, North Alaska being the coldest region of all. Check the weather conditions carefully before you plan your honeymoon in Alaska.
Summer: The region enjoys a fair share of sun in the months of May-September. The days are warm with an average temperature of around 20° C while the nights get cold. Expect rainfall at any time of the day.
Winter: Winters are severely cold in Alaska with temperatures plummeting to as low as -50° Celsius. Most of the regions become inaccessible during the winter season due to heavy snowfall
Best time to visit
There are two best seasons to visit Alaska depending upon the kind of experience you seek from your honeymoon in Alaska.
May-September: If you are planning a honeymoon in Alaska, summer is an appropriate time to indulge in an array of adventure activities. The extended daylight hours give you the advantage to explore the wilderness of the region. The national parks and hiking trails become accessible. You can partake in activities like fishing and cruise around glaciers.
November-March: If you want a honeymoon bundled up and cold, winter is the best time. Enjoy the Northern lights dancing out of your window while you snuggle with your spouse in the cabin or go skiing on the inviting snowy mountain slopes. For a winter honeymoon in Alaska, October is the best time.
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Ideal duration for Honeymoon in Alaska
Ideally, 7-10 days are sufficient to explore the wilderness and wonders of nature in the ‘The Great Land’. Though it all comes down to the kind of experience you want to have and you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
Planning a honeymoon in Alaska can be a wee-bit expensive. The budget below includes all the necessities like accommodation, meals, local transfers, sightseeing and miscellaneous expenses.
Here is per day expenditure of a couple on honeymoon in Alaska:
Flights (Round Trip): INR 2,07,000 approx.
Avg. Accommodation: INR 8,600 approx. per night (on double-sharing basis)
Meals (Including Alcohol): INR 8,000 approx. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Local Transfers: INR 4,000 approx. (Ferry rides are expensive)
Sightseeing: INR 1,400 approx.
Miscellaneous: INR 4,000 approx. (For shopping, tickets, movies, etc.)
- Airfare is not included in the budget since the rates can differ depending on the origin of the destination, time of booking, and the choice of travelers.
- The prices mentioned above are exclusive of taxes.
- An estimate has been mentioned above in all the prices that may depend on the time of booking.
- Flight rates mentioned above have been derived on a booking made 60 days prior to departure.
How to reach Alaska
There are no direct flights between India and Alaska. However, Alaska is well connected to many states in America by air and water routes. What you can do is take a connecting flight from the states in America to Anchorage Airport in Alaska. Seattle and Alaska have the least air travel time of 3.2 hours. You can also take a cruise or a ferry from US port cities to Alaska.
Getting around in Alaska
Alaska is a wide state which is made up of many islands and fjords. Though there is a proper road, rail, and ferry network, some of the remote regions are not easily accessible. There are various ways you can get around in Alaska depending upon the accessibility of the region.
Alaska has an in-state airline which offers transport to almost 20 destinations in Alaska. This includes most sought-after destinations like Sitka, Nome, Aleutians, North Oil Company town of Prudhoe Bay. Charter planes and helicopters are also available on hourly-basis for more remote regions in the state.
You can rent a car or RV (Recreational Vehicle) in Alaska. Before you do that, make sure the place you are heading to has a proper road network. It is a great option for sightseeing in the town you are staying but it gets expensive if you consider this to get from one town to another.
It is the most popular way in Alaska to get around the small islands and fjords in the state. However, it is mainly operational in the summer season from late April to September. Not only it is a great way to get around places in Alaska, but also an experience in itself. There is a motley of big ships and small cruises (inside passage and ocean) which will take you on a scenic ride around the state.
Alaska Marine Highway System is very well organized and have daily shuttles which will connect you with the neighboring towns and communities. You can check the schedule on their official website.
Even though Alaska rail network has a limited scope, it is still a great opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state. There are two operational rail routes; one that connects Anchorage with Seward, and another one connects White Pass to Yukon Route Railroad.
Places to visit
1. Denali National Park & Reserve
Centered on the highest mountain in North America, Denali National Park in Alaska is a vast hub of wilderness and adventure. Located between Anchorage and Fairbanks, this park is a home to wild bears, wolves, reindeers, and about 167 variety of birds. If you are an adventurous couple, you will have a variety of activities to do here together. Go hiking or biking on the enthralling trails in the park. Camping in the woods will give you plenty of time to bond. Needless to say, the picturesque views will blow your mind away.
Entry Fee: INR 650 per person
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM (open only in summer)
How to reach: Denali National Park has a rail connectivity from both Anchorage and Fairbanks. It is also well-connected through roads.
Suggested: Since you cannot cover the largest park in America in a day, it is suggested that you spend a night or two to immerse in the experiences. The park has a cabin and hotel to stay.
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2. Mendenhall Glacier & Ice Caves
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There are two main reasons why you should visit these caves. One, there is nowhere like this beautiful landscape where water runs over rocks under the blue ceiling. Second, this place may not exist after a few years. Located in Mendenhall Valley near Juneau, the ‘otherworldly’ ice caves are the beautiful by-product of receding Mendenhall Glacier. Though you may have to take a strenuous trek to reach the caves, you can get up close and personal with the mighty glacier and the lake from visitation center. The 13-mile ribbon of ice fitted in a surreal backdrop is one of the popular Alaska honeymoon destinations.
Entry Fee: INR 325 per person
Timings: 6 AM 12 AM
How to reach: The glacier is 20 km away from Juneau and can be reached either through road or ferry. The shuttle costs $20 per person for a round trip. You can also take a transit bus which is a much cheaper options
Suggested: Partake in Rafting and Kayaking activities in the Mendenhall Glacial Lake if you want to float among the bergs.
3. Kenai Lake
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The turquoise blue zig-zag lake will make you fall in love with nature and each other all over again. Kenai Lake is a quaint lake perfect for honeymooners to spend peaceful, quality time with each other. Alaska’s most famous fishing lake, it is also a popular destination for kayakers and rafters. Spend a night or two in one of the lodges along the shore of the lake and wake up to the majestic views of nature.
How to reach: Kenai Lake is easily accessible by road. It takes a 2-hour drive from Anchorage to reach the lake.
Suggested: Go fresh-water fishing or kayaking in the crystal clear waters of the lake.
Things to do on your Honeymoon in Alaska
1. Dog sledding
There is a myriad of activities to explore the wilderness in the backcountry. One of which is dog sledding. Imagine speeding through backcountry sitting on a sled pulled by powerful Alaskan dogs. Come, be a part of great Alaska tradition. Not only this, you can also spend time with the furry friends in the kennel. Hop on the ride of your life and survey the hanging glaciers that surround you.
Cost: INR 34,385 for a ride
2. Honeymoon Cruise in Alaska
Cruising on the Alaska waters is not only the best way to enjoy the dramatic scenery but also a perfect way to bloom your romance on your honeymoon. Imitate the famous ‘Rose and Jack’ pose from the Titanic movie while you admire the landscape from. If you are lucky, you will also get to witness the sea animals like whales and seals frolicking in the water.
Cost: Different cruises have different prices for a particular time duration. You might want to check before you book a day cruise. Though a 3-4 hour cruise starts from INR 5,200 and can go up to INR 16,250.
3. Helicopter Tour
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Get the majestic views of the glaciers and massive Mckinley Peak in Denali National Park while soaring hundreds of feet above in the sky. If you already weren’t awestruck with the landscapes of Alaska, observing the rapid shifts in nature from up in the sky will make your jaw drop. Flying in Alaska is a way of living, but for tourists, it is truly a grand experience. It won’t be an understatement if it is called a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Cost: INR 17,550 for one-hour flight
1. Experience the Northern lights
Alaska is a few of the places on earth where you can witness the surreal phenomenon of Aurora borealis when the whole sky lights up with green lights. If you are planning a honeymoon in Alaska during winters, you ought not to miss watching the Northern Lights. You can either book a cabin in the village of Codfoot or join a Northern Lights Honeymoon Tour, Alaska wherein you will be transferred to Coldfoot Village from your hotel. It will be the most romantic experience of your life.
Where: Northern Lights are best seen in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Best time: October – April
2. Stay in Cabin in the woods
Ditch the luxurious resorts while you are on your honeymoon in Alaska. The best way to experience the wilderness of the place is when you stay at a cabin in the woods. Wake up to the spectacular views of nature and verdant greenery of Alaska forests. On top of it all, living in a cabin will provide you with all the seclusion you need as a couple. Keep in mind that these cabins are only available in summer from May to September.
Where to stay: There are a number of honeymoon cabins in Alaska all over the state where you may wish to stay depending upon the kind of experience and location you like.
Best time: May-September
Alaska Honeymoon Resorts
1. Chena Hot Springs Resort
Designed beautifully in traditional Alaskan style, Chena Hot Springs Resort promises you a luxurious and comfortable stay. The century-old rustic resort has a heated indoor pool, an ice-museum, a massage parlor, and even an on-site hot spring. The location of the resort couldn’t be more perfect. Watch the northern lightings right from the window. If this isn’t enough, ride a dog sled during the winter months for an exciting Alaskan adventure.
2. Mckinley Chalet Resort
Combine luxury and breathtaking views of nature at Mckinley Chalet Resort. The charming timber resort is located just 3 miles away from Denali National Park. So, if you wish to stay in the wilderness yet not in cabins, this resort makes for a cozy and comfortable place to spend the night. Rejoice in the lip-smacking cuisines served in their in-house sophisticated restaurants.
3. Seward Resort
Whether you want to stay in a lodge, yurt, motel room, or an RV, Seward Resort offers you all kinds of accommodation to suit every mood and persona. The pocket-friendly accommodation offers comfortable rooms equipped with all the modern amenities for a perfect staycation. It is the best place to assimilate into the Alaskan lifestyle.
Where to eat
1. The Saltry
Set in the picturesque settings of Halibut Cove, The Saltry is renowned for its fresh seafood and salubrious salad preparations. The other unique thing about the restaurant is that it is only accessible through a boat. So, of course, you will be eating at the waterfront. Try their fresh halibut and salmon dishes.
2. The Crow’s Nest Restaurant
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The only four-diamond fine-dining restaurant in Anchorage is known for its panache and rich hospitality. A menu is influenced by a blend of French and American cuisines, you can also see the reflection of local resources in the dishes. Order a bottle of an expensive wine from their 10,000 bottles wine cellar for your candle-lit dinner.
3. Glacier Brewhouse
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As the name suggests, Glacier Brewhouse is a microbrewery which is famous for its crafts beers. A local’s favorite in Anchorage, it is a great place to chug beers and soak up city’s energy. The only place to have Alderwood-fired rotisserie, they serve a full array of savory dishes on their menu.
Locals have an advice for all the tourists who come to visit Alaska – ‘Stay casual, dress in layers, and get proper footwear’. The weather in Alaska is nippy even in the summers. Also, if you are venturing out into the wild, you will need a whole set of different clothes. Here is all you should pack to have a stress-free honeymoon in Alaska:
Clothing & Footwear
- Thermal wear
- Fleece Jacket
- Water-resistant bomber jackets
- Cotton T-shirts
- Nylon pants (for water and outdoor activities)
- Swimsuit for hot-tub or sauna
- Woolen Cap
- Lightweight, waterproof hiking shoes with good traction
- Waterproof snow pants
- Down Jacket
- Winter boots
- Bug spray
- First-aid kit
- Mobile charger and power converters
- USB cable and extra SD cards
- Camera and charging cord
- Headphones and earphones
- Power bank
Documents & IDs
- Passport and visa related details
- Photo identification proofs like driving license
- Credit cards
Things to keep in mind
Here are few important points you should keep in mind before you head for your honeymoon in Alaska:
- Getting around in Alaska on a private vehicle might be a tad bit expensive. Make use of local transport wherever possible.
- The best way to have an enjoyable experience in Alaska is by following a local itinerary. Locals know more about this place than anyone.
- It gets really cold in Alaska, even in summers. So, layering is essential.
- Please do not forget to carry a bug-spray since you will be in the outback most of the time.
- Do not venture out in the wild alone. Please take a guide with you at all times. It is easy to lose your way in the Alaska forests.
- It is highly likely to have an encounter with a bear. So, keep a pepper-spray handy.
That’s all, folks!
Alaska is a great option for honeymooners who want to ditch the conventional honeymoon destinations. Plan a honeymoon in Alaska and have the most amazing experiences with the love of your life.
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