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Getting a jump on 2017 fun with AKontheGo

By Daybreak Staff 11:10 AM January 3, 2017

It may be in the single digits right now, but it’s never too late to book your getaways for the rest of 2017. According to Erin Kirkland of AKontheGO.com, now is the time to plan ahead to the next spring, summer and fall Alaska getaway. Along with that advice, Kirkland had four tips for exploring Alaska.

Planning a trip to the Southeast? The Alaska Marine Highway is a good bet.

“The ferry system is a wonderful way to see Alaska with kids,” Kirkland said. She also mentioned if a trip requires routes to Juneau, Whittier or Kodiak, book it as soon as possible as it fills up fast. To book those routes and more, calling the hot line at 800-642-0066 is the easiest way. Or head to the alaskaferry.com and the Alaska Ferry Marine Highway’s website.

It’s always a good idea to think about the next camping adventure, wherever that may be. If seeing Denali is in the cards, make reservations for campgrounds now. Kirkland mentioned the same goes for any United States Forest Service campground, those can be made at Reserve America’s website.

If a lot of exploring is in the itinerary, getting an Alaska state parks pass is a good idea. It’s normally $50 and allows access all year. Most parking passes are $5, so if visiting more than 10 times is the goal, it’ll start to pay for itself. That can be purchased at the Alaska Public Lands Information building on Fourth Avenue, at any REI store or online. Camping fees vary by location and can be found on the Alaska Department of Natural Resources website.

Finally, if roughing it isn’t a part of the summer plan, the hundreds of public use cabins are a safe bet. But be warned, Kirkland said they fill up fast. In some cases, the wait time is around half a year. She mentioned the Alaska Public Lands information center is a great resource.

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated an annual Alaska State Parks pass was available for camping purposes. This has been amended.

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