Choosing the right mode of transportation to Alaska will ensure you reach the Great Land on time and within your budget.

Air travel includes jet service to Alaska's major airports of Fairbanks and Anchorage; these airports partner with chartered carriers that provide service to smaller communities, villages and remote areas throughout the state.

Sea travel offers a spectacular journey to and through Alaska's magnificent scenery. Major cruise lines feature a variety of room options, all-inclusive meals, entertainment and amenities, while smaller, boutique cruise operators cater packages to specific traveler styles.

The Alaska Marine Highway System is an affordable, informal "cruise" option to reach the major ports of call in the state. These ferries welcome both drive-on and walk-on travelers, and offer multi-day mainline routes to reach Alaska from Bellingham, WA, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. For sleeping accommodations, a rider can choose to rent a private room, camp under the stars on the upper deck, or roll out a sleeping bag in a covered, heated solarium.

For those who love road trips, driving to Alaska is a one-of-a-kind opportunity full of unfolding vistas of pristine nature, vibrant native culture and colorful wildlife. The drive does require some pre-planning.