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The Best Time to Visit Alaska




While summer means swimsuits and sunscreen for many travelers, a growing number are heading north to America’s last frontier. With long days of endless sun, Alaska is full of excitement throughout the summer months but when exactly is the best time to visit? To answer this question, we have to look at three things: daylight, rain, and temperature. We’ll also consider the added bonus of summer travel tours!




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Topics: Alaska, Travel Tips


Rail Travel is Trending



The nostalgia of rail travel is giving way to the rebirth of train-based tourism. From Europe to Alaska, the romance of riding the rails is attracting a whole new crop of train enthusiasts, and movies like Murder on the Orient Express are reigniting the allure. In fact, vintage train travel is one of the travel trends to watch in the upcoming year. Here are three unforgettable train excursions you can enjoy on a YMT Vacations package tour:





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Topics: Alaska, Europe


Journey For One: Five Tips For Traveling Solo




After years at home, many widows and widowers are now finding the courage to explore the world again. The tragedy of having lost a spouse, compounded by the toll of being a caregiver, often times makes travel seem like a luxury from a very distant past. However, the call of the open road eventually finds us all again. Here are some things to consider when making your first solo trip and some tips on how you can make traveling alone a rewarding and liberating experience:





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Topics: Alaska, Europe, Hawaii, US National Parks


5 Top Tips for Exploring Alaska: Making the Most of a Guided Tour




Journeys like YMT Vacations’ Alaskan Discovery Tour are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To make the most out of your group travels to the Frontier State, keep in mind these five tips:




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Topics: Alaska


Bootleggers and Brothels: Alaska’s Old Red Light District




At the end of Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska there’s an old wooden staircase that snakes its way over the Tongass Narrows and through the surrounding forest. Known as “Married Man’s Trail,” this is what remains of a muddy path along the creek that once provided discretion for men visiting the city’s numerous brothels. Today, this historic street offers visitors a unique and interesting look into the past.




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Topics: Alaska


Visiting Kenai Fjords National Park: Exploring a Glacial Wonderland




Snow and ice blanket nearly 60 percent of Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the nation’s most fascinating and impenetrable wildernesses. The area evolved over time by glaciers, earthquakes, and ocean tempests that shaped and reshaped the fjords, constantly shifting the Earth’s topography. Intensely wild and somewhat foreboding, the area’s otherworldly landscape is as desolate as it is beautiful and a must-see for any visit to Alaska.




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Topics: Alaska


The Totems of Ketchikan: Exploring this Alaskan Art Form




The city of Ketchikan, Alaska gets its name from a Tlingit word which means “thundering wings of an eagle.” Often called the “first city” for its location at the southern tip of the Inside Passage, Ketchikan is a charming harbor town with a bustling boardwalk, a peppering of stilted water houses and backed by the forested slopes of Deer Mountain. But perhaps what this small town is most celebrated for is its collection of more than 80 totem poles.




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Topics: Alaska


What To Eat in Alaska: Where Farm-to-Table is the Norm



Before it became an urban trend in cities across America, Alaskans were consuming meat and produce no more than one step removed from the point of harvest. With some of the nation’s most verdant landscapes and pristine waterways, eating local in Alaska also means eating very well. So if you’re planning a vacation to the Last Frontier, here are some tips on what you should be eating in Alaska.




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Topics: Alaska


100 Years of Wonder: Exploring America’s National Parks



As the United States prepares to celebrate the Centennial of the National Parks System, travelers will be heading out across our nation to explore the natural wonders of places like the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. We invite you to join YMT Vacations as we take a look at the history, the wildlife and the many fascinating things to discover inside our nation’s parks in this series: 100 Years of Wonder: Exploring America’s National Parks




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Topics: Alaska, US National Parks


Click It! Photography Tips for Denali National Park



As home North America’s highest peak, and one of America's oldest National Parks,  Denali National Park offers a world-class setting for shutterbugs. From beginners to professionals, photography is a great way to forever capture the majesty and immensity of this incredible place. To help you make the most of your time shooting in Denali, here are some tips to keep in mind:




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Topics: Alaska