Spring Break vacation. It conjures up images of swaying palm trees and tropical beaches for some. For others, it’s time for the last ski runs of the season. For this family, Spring Break is our favorite vacation week of the year. Where we go can be as varied as warm and sunny beaches one year, to snowy and cold mountains the next. That’s where we found ourselves one recent Spring Break vacation, in snowy Alaska.
Yes, Alaska! It’s a fab place for a Spring Break vacation. From dog sledding to northern lights, air flight adventures and snow-bound adventures, there’s plenty of action “up north” in Alaska. Come along and see this family’s experiences during a week-long early April vacation in Alaska. Our adventure begins in Anchorage, then continues on to Talkeetna, Girdwood, and Seward with loads of great family fun along the way.
1. Downtown Anchorage
First stop on this Alaska Spring Break adventure is downtown Anchorage, and the Anchorage Information Center. It’s just the place to learn more about spring-time adventures to be had in this wild and wonderful state.
Spend the day exploring downtown Anchorage, from it’s cultural displays to it’s natural attractions. Step up to a few locals for unique photo opps. Seek out the ever popular Alaskan Reindeer Hot Dog food truck for decidedly local lunch fare.
Wander through the the Anchorage Museum for displays of native Alaskan heritage and Eskimo artifacts. Tour the Alaska Museum of Natural History. Finish the day with a stroll along a snowy Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, soaking in the nearby snow-capped vistas.
2. Flight Seeing Over Denali National Park
Next on this Alaskan Spring Break is Talkeetna for an experience not soon to be forgotten. We are taking to the skies on a flight-seeing adventure high above Denali National Park, complete with a Mount McKinley fly-by and a glacial landing deep within the Alaska Range.
April sun shines bright across frigid snowy landscapes far below, showcasing expansive snow-capped mountains and blue-tinged glacial snow. Pass over Ruth Glacier and the Great Gorge en-route to Mount McKinley, seen in the distance peaking out from behind the clouds.
Touch down on top of a glacier for a more hands-on experience. Step out onto crisp, fresh snow, where snow angels are made, and snow balls are thrown. These are memories in the making, sure to be remembered for many years to come.
Learn more about our adventures at Talkeetna, Denali and Mount McKinley – A Flight Seeing Adventure of Glacial Proportions.
3. Spring Skiing at Alyeska Ski Resort
Don’t like crowded ski runs? Want a mountain experience without the mountain-high lift ticket prices and lift line waits? Then head south to Girdwood, and the Alyeska Ski Resort, where this fun yet challenging ski mountain delivers all this and more.
With lift capacities of 12,000+ skiers per hour and spring-time lift line waits often a mere 5 minute, you’ll be racing down uncrowded slopes in no time! Combine that with reasonably priced lift tickets and equipment rentals, and Alyeska Ski Resort is a bargain by far!
With plenty of powdery slopes to appease everyone and killer views all around, beginners and double black diamond skiers alike can enjoy a day, or a week on the slopes of Alyeska.
Learn more about our adventures at Alyeska Ski Resort – Your Next Ski Destination?
4. Cross Country Skiing to Portage Glacier
Portage Glacier is one of Alaska’s most popular tourist destinations. However, the glacier sits just beyond view such that most visitors only experience this natural wonder by boat rides across Portage Lake. Not so in the colder months, when Portage Lake has frozen over!
Those with a sense of adventure find a less crowded, more peaceful way to get up close with Portage Glacier during winter and early spring. Though the journey may be a challenge, the reward at the end of the trail is Portage Glacier in a way that most people will not experience.
Come face to face with Mother Nature, close enough to see small cracks in the glacier. Best of all, it’s most likely just you and the glacier out here, nobody else nearby to break the peace.
Learn more about this adventure at Up Close With Portage Glacier – A Cross Country Ski Trek in Alaska.
5. Wildlife Cruising in Resurrection Bay
Spring in the scenic coastal community of Seward, Alaska, is a calmer, less crowded time than during it’s much more hectic summer months. Those who venture to this little town along Resurrection Bay will find fabulous scenery and wildlife watching opportunities without all those summer crowds.
A spring-time Resurrection Bay cruise is a perfect introduction to the Kenai Peninsula. Witness the wildly wonderful Alaskan landscape as the cruise skirts the edges of Kenai Fjords National Park in search of local wildlife, migrating California Gray Whales, and glaciers.
Keep a keen eye on the watch at all times! A Resurrection Bay cruise is as much about the scenery as it is about the wildlife, and there is plenty of both to go around. So grab a front row seat and enjoy this wild and wonderful land.
Learn more about this adventure at Cruising For Fun & Adventure in Resurrection Bay.
6. Family Fun In Spring Snow
From snowshoeing in Talkeetna and sliding down snow-filled playgrounds in Girdwood, to wildlife exploration at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and marine life experiences at the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska in the Spring is sure to keep a family busy.
It’s pure and simple snowy fun here in early April! Unscheduled, unrehearsed, good old fashioned snow fun is around every corner, around every bend. Jump off snow banks into soft fluffy snow down below. Go sledding, or explore a snowy playground. Tackle a snow-filled field with snowshoes, leaving a few snow angels in your wake.
If your family loves snow, then you too should consider a spring break vacation in Alaska! Snowball fights, sledding, snow caves and even a snow-bound local park can each provide hours of family snow-fun.
7. The Spring Travel Prices!
Another reason to consider a Spring Break family vacation to Alaska? The prices! From lower air fares to lower ski rates and fewer crowds, Alaska in March and April is a bargain compared to the more pricey, more popular summer months.
Would You Do Spring Break in Alaska?
One might ask why would we choose Alaska for a spring break vacation? Several reasons – the desire for a spring ski vacation, reasonable airfare to Anchorage, and the lower costs of spring skiing in Alaska for a family of four. Yep, budget is what initially drove our Alaskan adventure. But was it worth the cost savings? For this family, the answer is absolutely!
How about you? Would you consider an off-the-beaten path or off-season vacation destination like Alaska in the spring? Have you been to Alaska in early April? What has been your favorite off-season vacation destination? Do share!
All images by C.Biederman