Should I rent a car in Alaska?

We’re planning a family vacation to Alaska in July. If we’re staying in Anchorage but want to do some sightseeing outside of the city, do we need to rent a car?

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Answer provided by
Alison Daurio
Answered on Apr 25, 2022
Alaska is so beautiful—you and your family are sure to have a wonderful time! But unless you plan to book a guided bus tour, then renting a car is the best way to explore the state. Alaska’s roads are easy to navigate, and driving is both cheaper and faster than taking the train. Here are some tips for renting a car in Alaska:
  • Reserve your car in advance. Summer is the peak travel season in Alaska, so the closer you get to your travel dates, the more expensive your rental fees will be.
  • Decide where you want to rent your car. It’s usually convenient to pick up your rental car at the airport, but it might be more expensive! Check rates with a few different rental car companies to get the best price.
  • Check if you have rental car coverage through your car insurance or your credit card.
  • If you plan to split driving responsibilities with another family member, be sure to ask whether your contract covers other drivers.
  • Fill up your gas tank before you set off on long drives. There are some stretches of Alaskan highways with many miles between gas stations.
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