Resources

My favorite Alaska Resources!

Exploring such a massive place takes some thought and planning. The links and guides below are a great way to start molding your Alaska dreams into reality. This section will continue to expand when I find great restaurants, hotels, radio stations, and other points of interest as we discover Alaska, so check back often! Rest assured that I won’t recommend anything that I haven’t found to deliver consistently outstanding service or products.

WEBSITES
This is perfect for up to the minute travel information once you get here. Plus, there are links to resources, job descriptions, state facts, and history if you are planning a move to Alaska.
This is the actual up to date road map. An amazing resource when planning your road trips throughout Alaska, it provides all the latest weather and traffic conditions in a clear and easy to use format.
Watching the Northern Lights is an addictive hobby. The Aurora is usually best observed in fall and winter due to the number of hours of darkness. Service Aurora is great for more complex forecasting, or you can also try the University of Alaska Fairbanks website for more simple planning.
TRAVEL
This is the official site for travel and state information about Alaska. It’s a great resource for activity ideas, regional tips, vacation planning, and pretty pictures to boot! It’s a good place to start planning your trip.
The Alaska Marine Highway takes exploring Alaska’s coasts to an entirely new level with routes starting in Bellingham, Washington all the way into Unalaska (Dutch Harbor) in the Aleutians. This is a unique way for an adventurer to take their own car, and plot a truly personal trip including many small, out of the way communities.
PLACES
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is dedicated to conservation, education, and quality animal care of Alaska’s wildlife. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.
Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center is a private, non-profit corporation. Visitors have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sealife while peeking over the shoulders of ocean scientists studying Alaska’s rich seas and diverse sealife.
Alaska’s biggest ski resort is an all season playground for skiing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing in the spa, taking a tram ride, and enjoying world class dining.
FAVORITES
This is EVER GROWING.  Alaska is home to many fine restaurants and we are trying to hit them all!  (Well, at least a lot of them.)  Know in advance that eating out in Alaska can get very expensive.  These are a few of our favorites.  The first four cover the 4 food groups:
  • Best Pizza:  Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage.  Everyone will tell you to go there and with good reason.  You don’t get to be the number 1 restaurant in Anchorage unless you are that good.
  • Best Fish & Chips:  Swiftwater Seafood Cafe, Whittier.  We have eaten A LOT of fish and chips here, plus Jeff makes killer ones at home.  These are the best I’ve had and warrant a drive to Whittier just to get some.  The halibut/shimp combo basket is bomb!  Open seasonally in the summer, the owner’s also own the ice cream shop on the boardwalk.  (My kid’s favorite food in Whittier.)
  • Best Mexican Restaurant:  This is a TOUGH one!  Moving from Arizona, we have some high expectations.  Our favorite we’ve found is Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Eagle River.  Worth a stop if you need a break from seafood.
  • Best Sub Sandwich:  Krazy Moose Subs  (Yes more moose) located in Wasilla.  Solid sandwiches on fresh baked bread.  Get there earlier in the day.  (Link is to menu on Zomato, restaurant doesn’t have website.)
  • Favorite Seward Restaurants:  This is a tough one, if I was forced to choose I’d pick Ray’s for the waterfront location, and hot fudge sundae or The Cookery.  A meal there will surprise you.  These are both seasonal with good local seafood choices.
  • Favorite Girdwood Restaurants:  Always a raging debate but if I don’t have my kids, I choose Jack Sprat or the Double Musky Inn.  Both eclectic, both pricey.  If I have the kids, it’s Chair 5:  they like it, they eat it, they’re full, I’m happy.  (Side note, the pizza at Alyeska Resort is surprisingly good, we order it for room service with some creme brûlée.  Don’t judge.) 
  • Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Homer, and more coming soon!
Yes there are hotels, motels, campgrounds, etc. all over Alaska.  To make this list, it has to be unique, clean, and provide an Alaskan experience off the beaten Path.
  • Angel’s Rest, Seward.  I go to Seward 1-2 times a month for work and play, usually staying at the Harbor 360 (only pool in town, kids love it, decent continental breakfast) or camping.  Jeff and I found Angel’s Rest when we went down on short notice.  Located on Lowell Point, it’s a small operation owned by a retired couple that consists of 3 oceanfront cabins, and 4 additional rooms across the street.  We stayed in Cloud 9, and it was one of the most peaceful evenings I’ve spent here in Alaska.  They contain kitchenettes, but don’t expect WiFi or Cable, the real entertainment is a front row seat to Resurrection Bay.
Coming soon!
GEAR

Sony A6000 Camera

Lightweight, easy to use and takes amazing pictures even in the hands of a novice.

Sony E 55-210 Zoom Lens

A good lens to capture mid-range distance pictures. A pleasure to shoot with.

Sony SEL30M35 Macro Lens

This is my absolute favorite lens to shoot with. At this price for the quality, it’s a must.

12” Outdoor Dutch Oven

This is the basis of an outdoor cooking arsenal. Easy to use, and fits most Dutch Oven recipes.

6 Quart Indoor Dutch Oven

Our most used baking dish indoors because of it’s versatility and even cooking heat.

Cast Iron Lid Lifter

If you cook using coals or wood, you need to have this! It’s my most valuable outdoor cooking tool.

REI Gear

The FIRST place I shop for outdoor gear! Great selection of clothing and equipment.

Backcountry Gear

Best sales I’ve found on ski gear! I’ve bought tons for my son; and my beloved Olukai flip flops!
BOOKS

The Milepost

This is the bible for travel in Alaska. Updated yearly, very detailed, and I would not travel the Alcan, or off the beaten Alaskan path without it.

Lonely Planet Alaska

Lonely Planet Alaska is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you.

Fodor's Guide to Alaska Cruises

I’ve been on three cruises in Alaska myself, and even though I’m a resident, I’d go every year if I could. This is a helpful resource to cruising Alaska.

Hiking Alaska

To really see Alaska, you have to walk around. Nothing beats getting out into the wild, but I wouldn’t suggest you do without serious planning!

Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. This helps me cover website costs, and a portion goes to the “Make a Wish” foundation. It’s a win/win situation! I use all the resources listed and I recommend them because they rock and I love them. Got a question? Shoot me an email.