If you are in love with nature, adventure, and wildlife, Alaska should be on your bucket list. There are numerous things to do in Alaska, of which camping is easily among the popular ones. What makes Alaska a great place to enjoy nature is its vastness. When you are looking for that secluded time away from busy city life, Alaska offers incredible choices. There are a bunch of State Parks and National Parks, with many having private campgrounds. In this post, we are sharing details on camping in Alaska.
Booking a camp
While many people do like Alaska in winter, camping is best enjoyed in the peak summer months. There are many private campgrounds, as we mentioned earlier, and the good news is most of them accept bookings online, so you can always choose to reserve your dates. There are also state campgrounds, which can be considered. Camping passes are available for selected State Parks in Alaska, but when you are making immediate plans, private campgrounds are a better alternative. For the uninitiated, there are many state parks in Alaska – Shuyak Island, Chugach, Afognak Island, Chilkat, and Kachemak Bay.
Choosing a campground
The best part of camping in Alaska is the range of campgrounds available. From the ones that are located close to streams, to others that are more organized and closer to the small towns, there are options for every need. Also, in summer, people like to go for campgrounds that are close to streams and lakes, so that they can enjoy fishing, and you can check online to find details on regulations, basic rules, and applicable fees.
Tips for camping
Before you look for Alaska Campgrounds, remember that this is a state that takes you very close to wilderness, so you need to come in prepared. Alaska is synonymous to bears, and most travelers have spotted a bear on hikes and during treks. Keep an eye on the forest when you step out, and yes, make sure that you don’t litter campgrounds and other areas. You will also find signs on bear activities, and when you travel, do make some noise. Bears like to stay away from humans, and if possible, try and hike in groups. If you are bringing your dog along, be very careful and ensure that your pet is always on the leash. Come in prepared, but make sure that you don’t go very close to forests. Also, bears and animals are attracted to certain food smells, so keep the campground free of odors, to the best possible extent.
There are selected campgrounds in Alaska that are ideal for RV camping. In fact, RV travel is a great way to see the state and to access more unchecked regions. We would highly recommend that you check for RV camping options in advance, because there are limited places. When you look for campgrounds, consider the things that you may need, because if you are traveling with your family, you may want access to certain amenities. Some campgrounds are designed to have all the basic things and are close to big cities.
Author Bio – Tim Bell has been travelling and writing about Alaska and the North for over 50 years. His travel guides for Alaska have in depth information on all the towns and cities in Alaska, the Yukon and northern BC.