Alaska

The Park Connection adds new motorcoaches, offers increased service in 2017
Just in time for Denali National Park and Preserve’s 100th anniversary, The Park Connection is making its highway transportation service even more comfortable with new, state-of-the-art 2017 Prevost 52-seat motorcoaches. Alaska’s only premium scheduled highway motorcoach service since 1996, The Park Connection’s new coaches boast expanded legroom, handicap lifts, seat belts and in-seat power options for phones and other electronic devices for each passenger.
Cruise Preview
Cruise Lines International Association Alaska is forecasting another uptick in cruise visitation in 2017 to 1.06 million (the record was set in 2008 at 1.03 million passengers). In 2017, cruise lines will make more voyages in Alaska and deploy larger vessels — a trend that’s been seen over the past few years and is anticipated to continue.
Fishing Excursions
Why Knot Adventures, based in Fairbanks, offers all-inclusive fishing excursions in both summer and winter. Summer fishing trips explore waterways within 100 miles of Fairbanks and include scenic river floats in a comfortable and spacious raft. Winter tours consist of day and night ice fishing packages with nighttime opportunities to view the northern lights. (www.whyknotadventures.net)
By Rail
The Alaska Railroad has expanded its Aurora Winter Train service, giving travelers more options to enjoy rail travel this winter. Service between Anchorage and Fairbanks will continue to include northbound travel on Saturdays and southbound travel on Sundays, and from Feb. 21 – March 29, 2017 additional trains will run northbound on Tuesdays and southbound on Wednesdays. Around spring break, from March 4 – 19, 2017, service will increase even further, with northbound travel from Anchorage on Thursdays and southbound travel from Fairbanks on Fridays. (www.alaskarailroad.com)