Q: Are you still offering a Prudhoe Bay excursion?
A: YES, our tour provider has assured us that the lodging that they use in Prudhoe bay is open for the season. For example, the 3 day Arctic Ocean Adventure is most definitely running in 2012, complete with a stay in Prudhoe Bay, and in the rustic village of Coldfoot. This tour is also available with an optional visit to Barrow Alaska, for a great overview of Northern Alaska. These tours have limited space so be sure to book early.
Q: Is there a train from Seattle to Alaska?
A: Not yet, but there may be one coming in the future! It’s been talked about ever since 1923, when the Alaska Railroad was completed. A feasibility study was done in 2007, which showed that there would be definite economic benefits to making the link, in the commercial and industrial sectors alone. Continue reading
Q: Are there interesting towns or communities to visit between Anchorage and Denali National Park?
A: Of course! Alaska has tons of interesting little towns nearly everywhere you go, and the stretch from Anchorage to Denali is no exception. The towns you will pass on your way to Anchorage, (or at least pass close to) are: Continue reading
Q: What is the schedule for the Whittier Tunnel?
A: The Whittier Tunnel (Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel) Summer Schedule for 2011:
The tunnel’s summer season is from May 1st, to September 30th, and is open 7 days a week from 5:30 am to 11:15 pm. The tunnel is one-way only, so traffic must alternate; generally the directions switch every 15 minutes, so it is not usually a long wait to get through the tunnel. Trains share the tunnel as well, so scheduled and unscheduled trains can cause additional delays of 15-30 minutes.
There is a toll charged for traveling through the tunnel.If you are in a normal class a passenger vehicle, not pulling a trailer, an RV not pulling a trailer, or on a motorcycle the fee is $12.00 per vehicle.
To ensure smooth operation, Please plan on arriving to the staging area, 10 minutes before the scheduled opening.
Here is the full Whittier Tunnel Schedule:
|5:30 – 5:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|6:00 – 6:15 am||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|6:30 – 6:45 am *||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|7:00 – 7:15 am||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|7:30 – 7:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|8:00 – 8:15 am *||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|8:30 – 8:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|9:00 – 9:15 am||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|9:30 – 9:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|10:00 – 10:15 am||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|10:30 – 10:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|11:00 – 11:15 am||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|11:30 – 11:45 am||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|12:00 – 12:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|12:30 – 12:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|1:00 – 1:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|1:30- 1:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|2:00 – 2:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|2:30 – 2:45 pm *||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|3:00 – 3:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|3:30 – 3:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|4:00 – 4:15 pm *||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|4:30 – 4:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|5:00 – 5:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|5:30 – 5:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|6:00 – 6:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|6:30 – 6:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|7:00 – 7:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|7:30 – 7:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|8:00 – 8:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|8:30 – 8:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|9:00 – 9:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|9:30 – 9:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|10:00 – 10:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
|10:30- 10:45 pm||Bear Valley to Whittier|
|11:00 – 11:15 pm||Whittier to Bear Valley|
*Oversize vehicles are allowed only on Monday through Thursday at these times.
Motorcycle helmets must be worn in the tunnel, and convertible vehicles must have the top in place.