The inside of Alaska is pretty wild yet very easy to access thanks to good roads plus unlike most remote locations, it is also very safe compared to most wilderness areas with emergency services just a phone call away (we had to go to the doctor with a sick child). Renting an RV means you can travel into the back country without forgoing your creature comforts! Kids will love sleeping above the front seats on the bunks, and the separate bedroom with queen sized bed gives you privacy and comfort. Got more kids, no problem there are models that sleep as many as 10! We travelled with toddlers but it is suitable from newborn to teens.
We rented from Alaskan RV's in Ancorage, though there are multiple outlets. You can fly via Seattle in approx 15 hours from the UK (Seattle is well worth a two day stopover) or why not do as we did and take the state ferry from north of Seattle to Seward south of Ancourage - its takes eight days and only runs once a month but its something you'll never forget.
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I haven't been to Alaska, but one of my favourite books of all time is a book about Alaska, 'O Rugged Land of Gold' by Martha Martin, published in 1953, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London.
This gives a wonderful personal picture of living and working in Alaska.
Most years the rivers in Alaska freeze over (hey - it's cold up there!) Including the Tanana river near Fairbanks. (The Tanana also flows past North Pole, but that's another story).
Every year - when the snow melts - Alaska becomes a raging mud-bath. Everything gets dirty. And the enterprising folks of Nenana (pop: 352) have set up the nearest thing to a state lottery Alaska has - the Nenana Ice Classic. A Tripod is anchored to the ice in the middle of the river and when the Tripod goes over a camera is triggered and the time is recorded. The nearest time/tickets win the money. Best months are March-April-May.
From Bellingham in Washington state, the ferry takes a gentle three days or so chugging north past Canada. It is called the Inside Passage because for most of the journey you are not in open sea, with a view of beautiful forested hills, snowy mountains and glaciers. The M/V Kennicott (among other boats) calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Haines, Skagway. There are other routes to Sitka, near Anchorage and the Aleutians. Would recommend spending your money on a cabin with a BIG window.
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