Experience a Uniquely Alaskan Thanksgiving

The holiday season is here! It’s one of the best times of the year in Alaska. Between the hunts, the snow sports, the stunning vistas, and now – getting to enjoy all of this with good holiday food and family! There’s plenty going on across the state for Thanksgiving, and after that, Christmas. All you need is your Alaska car rentals and you’ll be set!

Great Alaska Shootout

What are the holidays without a little sport? Of course, most people will be watching football but there’s also the Great Alaska Shootout which is always worth it to see. The Shootout is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage over Thanksgiving week. The week is all about showing off college basketball stars, as they compete with one another in one of America’s longest-running college basketball tournaments.

And like most college sports, the energy is always high! It’s a great atmosphere and some amazing athletics will be shown off.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a tradition that many American towns have. It’s always a beautiful, magical night that can get the whole family interested. This year, the Anchorage Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, November 25 in Town Square Park.

Make sure to back plenty of blankets in your Alaska car rentals, though! It might be a chilly one. And hot cocoa never hurts! Kids will also love to see Santa and his reindeer there to celebrate the ceremony.

Reserve a table

Whether you’re a local or just visiting, it can be nice to take a break from chores for the holidays. Why not reserve a table for a restaurant Thanksgiving instead of cooking? There are plenty of places across Anchorage that are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll definitely want to make reservations though!

Some of these include Anchorage Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites, Hotel Captain Cook, Sheraton Anchorage, Lakefront Anchorage, and Westmark Anchorage. Grab a couple of Alaska car rentals and the whole family, and give everyone a break for the holidays!

Uniquely Alaskan Thanksgiving

If you will be making your Thanksgiving dinner, why not have it in a uniquely Alaskan way? While many Alaskans do still celebrate with turkey, many others choose another bird for the day. Because of populous wildlife, Alaskans have options for their meal. Ptarmigan and goose, for instance, are popular choices for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.

Similarly, Alaskans also include things like octopus, reindeer, whale, moose, and even salmon! Nigliq (a white fronted goose found in Alaska) soup is another interesting dish that goes nicely with turkey. It’s quite delicious and makes a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

But what would Thanksgiving be without the cranberry sauce! Don’t settle for store-bought canned cranberries. Alaska produces some of the best high bush cranberries in the country. We’re proud of our berries, and wouldn’t want anyone to experience an Alaskan Thanksgiving without them!

If you can’t find berries in the markets, you may still be able to pick them. They can be found until early fall, so if you’re swift there may be some on the trees still. Fresh and delicious!

Always something to do

In Alaska, there’s always something to keep you and the family entertained. After all, the winter months are great for sport and activity in Alaska! As long as you have your Alaska car rentals, the opportunities are endless. Get out and about to ski! Or maybe you want to give dog sledding a try. Either way, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reconnect with your loved ones and take some time to relax and enjoy yourself.

Avoid stress! Reserve your Alaska car rentals early to beat the crowd.

Start Gift Shopping Early at Alaska Christmas Markets

Christmas markets and festivals begin early in Alaska. The first weekend of November alone has five festivals, four of which are just Christmas! It’s a wonderful time of year. You can begin Christmas shopping early in the markets, and get right into the spirit of the season. But be careful – you may end up filling your winter Alaska SUV rentals to the brim!

First week of November

As mentioned, Christmas markets begin the first weekend of November. With your winter Alaska SUV rentals, you may want to hit up many of them!

In Anchorage, enjoy the Holiday Food & Gift Festival on November 4 and 5. This takes place at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and features a range of handmade products and food. If you’ve got kids coming along, Santa and an elf will be there for photos. The market is open from 11 am to 5 pm and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Also in Anchorage is the Christmas Towne Bazaar on November 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at South Anchorage High School. There are 130 booths and vendors offering everything from books by local authors and photography, to knitted goods and wood and metal crafts. Here is a perfect place to take the whole family, as there are kids’ activities to entertain the little ones.

Similarly, the Mat-Su Holiday Marketplace from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The market takes place at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. The market hosts more than 100 specialty vendors with a wide range of goods including jewelry, furs, original artwork, fleece, pottery, glassware, and many others. It’s a great place for bespoke Christmas gifts!

The Shop Til You Drop Holiday Bazaar in Chugiak on November 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. You’ll definitely leave with your winter Alaska SUV rentals much fuller! You can spend the whole day there, with coffee and lunch available in the vendor. There are plenty of gifts that are great for everyone. You really can shop til you drop!

Second week of November

The fun continues into the second weekend of November starting with the Fairbanks Holiday Marketplace starts on November 10 and runs until November 12. It will be held at the Carison Center. This market is a great place to look for fashion items like shoes, earrings, and clothes. Home décor, photography, handmade soaps, and art also hold a prominent place at this market. Free parking available for your winter Alaska SUV rentals.

The Juneau Farmers and Crafters Market will be held on November 11 from 10 am until 3 pm at Glacier Highway. This is a great spot to get food for your Thanksgiving suppers and the other holiday festivities. This market boasts Juneau’s best of fresh eggs, produce, flowers, plants, herbs, teas, honey, syrup, wild local food, baked goods, jams and more. You’ll leave happy and full! Make sure to bring your grocery bags in your winter Alaska SUV rentals.

Anchorage, ever the bustling city, has two more markets this weekend: The Anchorage Holiday Craft Bazaar at Bayshore Clubhouse and The Alaskan Christmas Bazaar at Anchroage City Church. Both offer arts and crafts, but only the Alaskan Christmas Bazaar will have food for sale.

There are simply far too many markets to go through them all in detail! Other markets this month include:

  • Fairbanks Holiday Bazaar: November 18, Pioneer Park Civic Center, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Anchorage Arts and Crafts Emporium: November 18 – 19, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
  • Anchorage Noel Bazaar and Bake Sale: November 18, Anchorage Senior Activity Center, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Black Friday Holiday Bazaar: November 24-25, Kenai, Challenger Learning Center, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Juneau Public Market: November 24-26, Public Market in Centennial Hall, Friday noon to 7 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Colony High School Christmas Bazaar: November 25, Palmer, Colony High School, 10 am to 5 pm

Get out there and enjoy! But don’t forget to book your winter Alaska SUV rentals early for your holiday shopping!

Winter Is Coming! Tips for Alaska Winter SUV Rentals

Winter is nearly upon us. In Alaska winter means lots of snow, ice, and, unfortunately, vehicle collisions. However, you can reduce your risk of collision by following safe driving habits in your Alaska winter SUV rentals. We’ve outlined some tips below for you to enjoy winter without harm.

Know where you’re going

In the winter, it’s more important than ever to know your route in advance. When the roads are icy, it is incredibly dangerous to have to stop or turn at the drop of a hat. Map your route. Know alternative routes, just in case of diversion.

Of course, you don’t need to memorize your route. You can still use a GPS, but having a rough idea of where you have to turn and go will help reduce the need for last minute moves.

Take time to brake

Most people know this already, but a reminder never hurts! Take time to brake. This goes back to knowing your route and paying attention to what’s around you. Brake slowly and firmly. It is dangerous to you and the vehicles around you to stop your Alaska winter SUV rentals at the last minute.

In reality, it’s best to avoid braking whenever possible. Brake only when necessary to reduce chances of collision.

Increase your following distance

Generally following distances are at around 3-4 seconds. However, in the winter with ice, snow, and other distractions it’s smart to increase this to 8-10 seconds. This also allows you time to stop if someone in front of you is forced to hit the brakes.

Always, always, always signal

It is important to communicate with other drivers when you’re on icy roads. Always, always, always use your turn signal. This includes both turning and switching lanes. It’s important to warn other drivers to your intentions. After all, you don’t know if the driver behind you may be planning on switching lanes behind you as well without signals. Be responsible, and take the steps you can to avoid collision. You can’t control the actions of other drivers, but you can make sure you are free of blame and in control of your own Alaska winter SUV rentals.

Don’t speed on hills

You may find yourself in a mountainous area of Alaska. If this is the case that’s okay! But make sure you’re overtaking the hills properly on snowy roads.

First thing is not to speed up them. Take them slow and steady. You don’t know what’s coming from the other side, and you don’t want to lose control on an incline.

Second, make sure to keep going. Don’t brake or slow down. Maintain a steady pace up the hill. The ice will reduce your traction and make sliding backwards a real possibility.

Of course, this is the same for going down hills. You want to make sure to maintain a steady pace, rather than just letting your car doing the work as you may do in the warmer months. Always try your best to be in control of your speed.

Know your speed

It’s okay to drive a little slower in the winter. Of course, you want to go with the flow of the traffic and most Alaska drivers will practice appropriate winter speeds. But if not, it’s okay to slow down and take it at a pace at which you feel comfortable.

Similarly, accelerate and decelerate with care. Slamming on the gas can be just as dangerous as slamming the brake. Slow, steady acceleration and deceleration is the key.

Finally, the best way to stay safe is with reliable, efficient Alaska winter SUV rentals. Avis can help you out with that! Reserve your Alaska winter SUV rentals today.

The Best Bed & Breakfasts Around Alaska

There are plenty of ways to see Alaska. While many people love to camp and hike across the state, this isn’t always for everyone. Alaska is a beautiful place for exploration in nature, but that doesn’t mean you have to sleep outside too. If you’re more of a comfortable bed and warm meal type traveler, then a bed and breakfast may be better for you. Of course, you can still spend the week exploring the state in your Alaska airport car rentals to see the wilderness but come home to comfort!

So where are the best B&Bs in the state? There are quite a few. And we’ve done the looking for you so you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

Upscale and natural: Bear Paw Adventure Lodge & Cabin

If you’re looking for something that offers ultimate comfort, check out the Bear Paw Adventure Lodge & Cabin. A traditional Alaskan cabin in an upscale style near Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll get the wild landscape and the comforts of laundry, satellite, Wi-Fi, and full kitchens.

Around the Peninsula, experience supreme fishing opportunities, bear viewing, marine tours, dog sledding, horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking around the wild. If you want to escape the bustle of urban centers without going too far out of the way, this is the place for you. Right close to Homer, you can still take your Alaska airport car rentals into town for restaurants, shopping, and tours.

Turnagain View B&B

Also on the Kenai Peninsula, the Turnagain View B&B provides a great opportunity to explore the wilderness of Turnagain Arm far from the urban centers. Here, you’ll have the choice of three different suites to stay in comfort after a long day of exploring.

Close by is an old mine, Indian Valley Mine, that will help you learn about the gold-panning in Alaska. You can even try your hand at panning for gold!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a bed & breakfast without scrumptious food. The bed and breakfast offers delicious food, and even an opportunity for your kids to gather eggs from the chickens in the yard.

Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa

Located in Juneau, this offers another luxury experience in Alaska to make sure that you have a chance to relax after a full day exploring the Mendenhall Glacier. Hike around the area and kayak the rivers, between ziplining and fishing. On offer is also flightseeing and biking, as well as whale watching. You’ll be able to park your Alaska airport car rentals and enjoy the wilderness in comfort.

This is also a great venue for events and weddings. Fall is a great time to gather with loved ones, and where better place to do it then in the middle of the wilderness with great food?

Beary Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn

Situated in Homer, Alaska, Beary Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn offers delicious food surrounded by incredible views. There’s nothing like waking up to a hot pot of coffee and reindeer sausages followed by berry-nut breads! A truly Alaskan meal.

Pack your fishing equipment in your Alaska airport car rentals so you can enjoy one of the salmon or halibut fishing trips that can be arranged for you. Like many other BnBs, you’ll be able to enjoy kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling in the winter, and wild-life tours around the area. Beary Patch is right on the sea, so you’ll get the fresh, salty smells wafting across the yard to clear your head and calm you down.

Explore Alaska’s wilds and bed & breakfasts. Reserve your Alaska airport car rentals today to from Avis for a comfortable trip around the state.

Take Your Alaska Car Rentals Out to Halloween Events

You can have spooky good fun in Alaska around the Halloween season. There’s plenty going on to entertain the whole family and get you into the mood for trick or treating on October 31. With your Alaska car rentals, you can pop around and get the kids excited about the upcoming holiday.

The Ooky Spooky Light Show

Throughout October, you’ll have a chance to experience the Thomas Planetarium in Anchorage with a spooky twist. Visuals dance across a screen while classic Halloween music plays in the background to offer you a little thrill. For $6 and museum admission, you’ll have be able to have a fun little Halloween treat from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 4:30 pm.

Zombie Half Marathon and Kids Zombie 2.5k

Here’s your chance to show off your best zombie costume! Dress up in your scaries, brain-hungry zombie outfit and head to the Coastal and Chester Creek trails on October 14 to compete in the half marathon.

The race begins at 9 am from Goose Lake Park and noon for the Kids Zombie race from Kincaid Park Chalet. Price of admission in the races is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Make sure to pack some sweaters in your Alaska car rentals – races run rain or shine!

Igor: The Butcher of Salzburg

Do you like a good bit of theatre? Head on out to TBA Theatre Studio to see Igor: The Butcher of Salzburg from October 20 to 31. Age range is recommended for those 10 years old and up, but be prepared to be spooked! The play tells the legend of the Butcher of Salzburg. It combines horror with history in a thrilling way – be sure to get goosebumps!

Kid’s Halloween Train

Take a ride from Anchorage to Indian on the Alaska railroad. Get a glimpse of the Alaskan landscape while showing your costumes, exploring your crafty side, and enjoying scrumptious treats. On-train entertainment includes a raffle, coloring contest, Halloween-themed bingo, balloon animals, magicians, and, of course, crafts!

The train runs on Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Train tickets are $35 per kid aged 2-11 and infants with their own seat, free for infants who will be sitting on their guardian’s lap, and $69 for adults.

Haunted & Enchanted Trails of Goose Lake

On October 27, take your Alaska car rentals down to Goose Lake for a trip around the enchanted and haunted trails to get into the spirit. For those with younger children, we’d recommend the Enchanted Trail, which is for ages 3 and up and runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. For children 8 and up, experience the Haunted Trail. Tickets are $5 per person.

The trails are a blast. This eerie Halloween event provides an opportunity to listen to music in a great community around warming barrels with top-quality Alaskan food trucks. Make sure to dress up in your costume to get right into the spirit of the holiday!

Trick or Treat Street

On October 28, bring your Alaska car rentals out to the downtown core in Anchorage for Trick or Treat Street. This offers you an opportunity to take your kids safely trick or treating to a variety of businesses.

Other events include a run at 11 am, costume contests, horse drawn hay rides, face painting, and a chance to win prizes. Try your hand at creepy, crawly cookie decoration at the Hotel Captain Cook.

These events listed are mainly around the Anchorage area but there are plenty of events across the state. Do you know of any in your home town?

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Top “Instagramable” Spots Around Alaska

Fall has always been the perfect time for photos. To add to an already beautiful time of year, Alaska is a stunning backdrop for photography. And when you have Alaska SUV rentals, it’s easier to get to the most remote areas where some of the most beautiful photographs can be shot.

But where are these places? If you’re new to Alaska, you may be less familiar with the places across this great state that are perfect for photography. It can take some prompting and research to figure out where you’ll get the right shot for your photography shoot, or even just for Instagram. Look no further – we’ve done the work for you, and found the best places to take a gorgeous photo. All you have to do is hop into your Alaska SUV rentals and get there!

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a stunning example of nature’s overpowering ability to amaze and capture our attention. The refuge offers spectacular views of the mountains towering over coastal plains. Residents of the plains include grizzly and polar bears, wolves, moose, musk oxen, and even the largest herd of caribou in the state.

If you visit the refuge, though, expect to stay for a day or two. It’s difficult to get to, situated in the northeast corner of Alaska. There aren’t any shops or hotels in the vicinity, so you’ll be able to get a little camping in while taking your photographs. Make sure to head out before winter hits in full!

The refuge isn’t accessible via Alaska SUV rentals. You’ll need to take a chartered bush plane in, and explore the rivers and wilds from there. If you are unfamiliar with the Alaskan wild, we’d recommend hiring a guide service such as Arctic Treks or Arctic Wild.

Gates of the Arctic National Park

The Gates of the Arctic National Park is similar in many ways to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The John River offers an incredible place to take pictures in the setting sun. While you can access the park by bush plane, you may also be interested in the hike into the park from the Dalton Highway. You can park your Alaska SUV rentals in a safe place, and hike into the Brooks Range.

Good spots to see around the park include Agiak Lake or Arrigetch Peaks for incredible mountain scenes. Noatak River provides wildlife and landscapes that offer traditionally gorgeous views of Alaska.

Tongass National Forest

If you’re looking for forest views, Tongass National Forest is definitely the one you want to see. One of the best ways to get close enough to see the forest is a cruise with one of the many small-ship companies around the area. The Alaska State Ferry is another great option for more independently planned trips.

The National Forest provides plenty of opportunity for wildlife and landscape sights. Admirality Island is home to brown bears and old-growth forest with trees that are older than we can begin to comprehend. Tongass can boast about being the home of Hubbard Glacier, which is the largest tidewater glacier in North America.

In Tongass, you’ll have a chance to explore indigenous culture before setting out to glimpse whales, seabirds, and salmons abundant in the tides. You’ll still catch sight of the mountains around this beautiful park.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park is well-known with and without Alaska. It’s a popular spot for tourists and residents to explore the wildlife and natural landscapes that this great state has to offer. Fortunately, this park is much easier to get to, as its accessible by Alaska SUV rentals for the first 12 miles. However, the single road that goes deep into the park requires shuttle reservations to access. There are spots to park your vehicle, but make sure to reserve a spot.

However, you can also hike in and backpack around the park. Denali is a beautiful spot for camping and hiking to see the wildlife, like Dall Sheep. Definitely don’t miss the Polychrome Pass that provides picturesque views of the Alaska Range or a view of the mountain from Wonder Lake.

Get some stunning photographs by touring around the state with your camera in your Alaska SUV rentals. Reserve from Avis today.

Take Your Alaska Truck Rentals Caribou Hunting This Fall!

The hunt is on! Alaska is known for its supreme hunting. Anyone who has a license and follows regulation can take part. Of course, now you just need an Alaska truck rental to get you there!

Hunting regulations are important. They’re not just for teetotalers, but ensure that the species that we hold so dear for our subsistence are maintained rather than depleted. Regulations are not arbitrary laws decided by paper pushers, but rather a carefully constructed mandate set out by those who understand the ecosystem, the species within it, and their breeding and living cycles. With these, officials can create a regimented limitation on hunting that ensures the growth of a species at the same rate its being hunted. After all, you can’t hunt if all the caribou disappear!

As you may know, August and September creates the prime caribou-hunting season. You may have already taken your Alaska truck rental out for a hunt! But unless you’re following regulations, you will come across hefty and unwanted fines.

So, to help you avoid that, we’ve outlined some important tips and rules to remember about hunting to let you stay worry-free in your Alaska truck rentals.

Types of hunts

The date that you’re allowed to begin hunting depends on the type of hunting license you have. Subsistence hunters began on August 1 in the Nelchina region Unit 13, while Tier I followed on August 10. The rest of us who decided to try our hands at the drawing hunt had to wait until August 20. Fortunately, caribou is good for hunting throughout September, as well.

Don’t forget also to reapply for a draw hunt next year if that’s the route you choose to take. Application period, as you may already know, is November 1 until December 15.

Where to find caribou

Hunting caribou can actually be quite relaxing and leisurely, if you know what you’re doing. Unlike many animals, caribous like a little sleep in. That means that early afternoon, with the sunning beaming, is the best time to find caribou roaming the plains. You’ll find them picking at cotton, forbes, fireweed, and dwarf birch leaves. So that means you can pack proper camp breakfasts in your Alaska truck rentals for lazier than normal mornings.

On particularly warm days, look up. Caribou are not fans of bugs and flies, and will move up towards windy ridges in order to avoid them.

Regulations for hunting in Alaska

Regulations on both state and federal levels can be confusing. Your best decision is to read through the regulation handbook carefully. It’s printed annually every June. In this you can find bagging limits, season dates, information on registration hunts, tag types, and information about which hunts are residents only or nonresidents allowed.

This last point is particularly important to pay attention to. If you’re unfamiliar with hunting regulations in the state and you’re a nonresident then it’s important always to check to see if you’re legally admitted to hunt in that region at that period. Because subsistence hunting is common in Alaska, it’s important, as a nonresident, for you to follow these regulations to ensure residents have the food they need.

There are several different types of hunts in Alaska: Tier I and II subsistence permits; drawing permits; federal hunts; registration permits; general season hunts. The best way to figure out which hunt suits you best is by visiting the Alaska hunting regulation website or by reading the regulation handbook. Online information can be found here.

If you need Alaska truck rentals for your caribou hunting trip, look no further than Avis Alaska. Find out more at one of our branches or reserve your vehicle directly with our website.

Bears, Fish, and Hiking: Experience Brooks Camp to its Fullest

Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is known as the bear place. Visitors and residents of Alaska alike visit the park to get a taste of these great creatures in the wild. It’s always been a wonderful way to see bears outside the confines of a zoo or without the risk that comes with accidentally running into one while camping! Take your Alaska SUV and car rentals to Brooks Camp to experience bears, fishing and much more.

Getting to Brooks Camp

Getting to Brooks Camp will take more than just driving out in your Alaska SUV and car rentals. Many people arrive at the camp via aircraft, however you can also access the camp by boat.

Plane services can begin in many of the surrounding towns, including Homer, King Salmon, Kodiak, Anchorage, and Dillingham.

For more information on getting to Brooks Camp, see their webpage on transportation. This will help you plane the route that’s best for you.

Bear safety

If you’re staying at the camp, it’s important you know about bear safety. All newcomers must take a brief training lesson on how to behave in the case of a bear encounter, and how to ensure both yours and our bears’ safety. This is true of even those visiting for a couple of hours. Particularly when the salmon runs plentiful, the odds of seeing bears are quite high. So we need to make sure everyone stays safe and happy.

Though you’ll have your training session when you arrive, it doesn’t hurt to do some research in advance. Brooks Camp has page on bear encounter that is informative and helpful. You need to be aware that you are more likely than not going to have a bear encounter. But it’s up to you to decide how that encounter goes, and how close the bear comes to you. These tips can help you with that. After all, running back to your Alaska SUV and car rentals won’t be an option! So be smart, be safe, be vigilant.

Plan your trip

How long will you be staying at Brooks Camp? Plan your trip, and research the best options for you. If you’re planning on staying a couple nights you’ll have to make the decision between camping and lodging. There are numerous lodges within the park that offer shelter and a bit of glamping. This may be ideal if you don’t want to lug around much camping equipment to and from your Alaska SUV and car rentals.

After that, decide what you want to do. There’s plenty to see in the park besides bear watching – though that’s certainly a must-see!

Fishing is also a major sport within the camp. Here you can find salmon, rainbow trout, and arctic char. After all, why do you think there are so many bears! But remember to stay alert for bears. It isn’t unusual for bears to move toward the sound of splashing fish. That means they may go on investigating your line if you’ve caught on. Cut the fish free, and move to safety on land until the bear continues on their way.

If you’re interested in hiking, there’s definitely plenty around Brooks Camp. Dumpling Mountain, for instance, offers a spectacular view of the area. Hikes range from easy to difficult, so make sure you know your experience level. Speak to one of the guides in the camp to find out which route is best for you. Brooks Camp is big on the safety of their visitors, so they’ll make sure to offer you appropriate guidance.

This is just a taste of Brooks Camp. If you really want to experience the peace and quiet that comes with this natural bear habitat, get on out and enjoy.

Explore the great outdoors with your Alaska SUV and car rentals this summer. Reserve your vehicle today from Avis Alaska for good deals, great cars, and excellent service.

Take Your Alaska SUV Rentals for a Canoe Trip Through the Wild

Alaska is a place where people can truly experience the great outdoors. We connect with ourselves out in the wild. Discover things about nature and about our own spirits that we wouldn’t have in the hustle and bustle of the city. And there’s nothing more tranquil than a canoe trip in silent waters, listening to the call of the birds and the jumping fish. Sounds ideal right? With your Alaska SUV rentals, you can escape to the canoe trip of a lifetime.

Plan your trip

Of course, you can’t just head out on a canoe without an idea of where you’re going. You need to plan your trip accordingly.

First thing to do is decide where you want to go, and how long you’d like to be out for. For some, you may decide that a canoe trip without a guide is daunting. Maybe you’ve never been out in Alaska before, or maybe you don’t want to deal with the difficulty of planning the trip yourself. Whatever the reason, there are canoeing tours that will be perfect for you!

These trips are guided, and often go around well-known sites that you won’t want to miss. Often they’re only a few hours so you still have time after to go back out on your own if you so choose, or to head back into town in your Alaska SUV rentals for a hearty lunch to revive yourself. Here’s a brief list of some canoe tours available.

Otherwise, get out a map and start planning! Many outfitting stores around Alaska will offer maps that can help you plan your route and destination. We’d recommend a waterproof one, or else a waterproof packet for it. After all it’s going to be your only guide. If you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it’s probably better to start off easy. Know your own limits, and speak to someone at the outfitter who may be able to help you choose a route that suits your skill level and knowledge.

Balance the boat

Now you need to pack your bags. Make sure you pack accordingly. Canoes can handle a lot of weight, but how much can you handle? If you’re going out for a few days, you’ll need all of your camping supplies and food. And a quick reminder – don’t leave any food in your Alaska SUV rentals! You may come back to damaged door from bears trying to get in.

But the rest you need to carry on your back when you stop for the day, or during portages. Pack nutritious, filling foods like nuts, energy bars, dried fruit, and trail mix to ensure you have plenty of energy for the trek ahead. And don’t full rely on a stove! Remember anything can happen in the wild, so pack foods that don’t always need to be reheated as well as fireproof pans in case your stove fails you.

Research the area

Next, you need to research the area you’ll be canoeing. As mentioned above, maps help with this. However, guidebooks can be helpful and speaking to the guide at the canoe rental shop will help you get tips about the area that the guidebook may not tell you. It also isn’t a bad idea to speak to local rangers and authorities, who want you to get out safe and treat the area with respect.

Once you’ve done that, the next step is to have your proper gear. This can include bear-proof food barrels and any wilderness tools you may need. Also make sure to have comfortable water shoes for any shallow water. Know the area – know if there are plentiful fish in the river, and what kind. That way you know what fishing equipment to pack. Research the tinder situation for your fires, and if there have been bear attacks recently. Finally, know if there are edible berries around. Alaska is rich in berries and food that is ready to be foraged. Do some research on how to forage and how to know what’s edible.

And don’t forget the first aid kit! That could be crucial on your trip. Anything can happen!

Tell someone where you’re going

Even if you’re going with several friends, it’s a good idea to tell someone else where you’re going. Perhaps your hotel clerk and some friends or family back home. Tell them the dates of your trip, and emergency numbers. After all, you may end up just leaving your phone in your Alaska SUV rentals – there isn’t much use for it in the wild! Often, you can’t get reception in the wilderness.

You’re almost ready to go. Just one last thing – book your Alaska SUV rentals! Reserve yours from Avis today to begin your canoe trip.

Tips for Hiking Before Heading Out in your Alaska Summer Car Rentals

Hiking is a big sport in Alaska. We just love it – and how could you not? In a state with so many national parks, glaciers, forests, mountains, tundra – you name it! Whether you’re new at hiking Alaskan terrain, or a seasoned pro, it’s nice to be reminded of some fundamental hiking tips to keep you safe. So before you head off in your Alaska summer car rentals looking for a prime hiking spot, read on for our hiking tips.

  1. Be careful on river crossings

One of the most important things to remember is to not drag your friends down with you when crossing a river. For deep waters, crossing arm in arm is your best bet, but for shallow rivers cross one at a time.

If you take your hiking partner down with you, who will be there to help you both up? Arm in arm is good for support, and hopefully steady enough to ensure no one falls. But for smaller rivers that are easily forded on your own, having the other person watch you from the other side will ensure you have someone to help in times of trouble.

And of course, never cross in a storm. Always wait the storm out as the current will become a lot more aggressive with high winds and rain. You may also want to unclip your pack from around your body. That way the weight of the pack can be shrugged off it begins to take you downriver in the event you’ve fallen in a heavy current.

Finally, look for the river crossing. There are always marks on the river directing towards the best route to cross the river.

  1. Choose footwear carefully

Do you want quick-drying hiking shoes so you don’t have to change your shoes when crossing a river? Or a separate pair of water shoes or river sandals to keep your socks and hiking shoes clean and dry?

Either way, make sure you think carefully about what might be most comfortable for you. There’s nothing like having uncomfortable feet in the interior! It can turn a relaxing, albeit challenging, hike into an unpleasant one. If you’re not sure, bring both and you can always leave one pair in the Alaska summer car rentals if you change your mind when you get to the trails.

  1. Know the signs of hypothermia

Whether you’re going on a quick trip or a weeklong venture, make sure you know the signs of hypothermia. Common symptoms include shivering, slurred speech, paled skin, decreased motor functions, and disorientation. If you catch these signs in someone in your group, change their clothes into dry, thick clothes with multiple layers. Keep them active, hydrated, warm, and fed. If you can stop to build a fire, do so. It is important that they keep moving, though, and stay warm.

At this point, you’ll likely want to call your trip and get back to your Alaska summer car rentals to get your friend help as soon as possible.

  1. Choose an appropriate level of hiking

It’s important to know your skills and your limitations. When you’re setting off in Alaskan terrain, choose your hike carefully. If you’re a beginner, or with beginners, here is a list of 10 easy hikes across Alaska. These hikes will still offer you the beauty and challenge of Alaskan wilderness, without threatening the safety or enjoyment of anyone in your group.

  1. Know how to handle the wildlife

Alaska is full of wildlife. It’s important to know how to deal with it, particularly with bears. We have a blog on dealing with bears effectively and safely that will be helpful to those unfamiliar with these parts. Furthermore, forest fires are a real issue in Alaska. Stay safe this fire season with our tips on fire safety.

All you need now is your Alaska summer car rentals for a great hiking trip. Reserve your Alaska summer car rentals from Avis today!