Soldotna, AK, July 10, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Compared to recent years with higher demand for hotel, lodge and B & B accommodations, guided fishing, and other attractions in Alaska, there's no more perfect time than right now to take a last-minute Alaskan vacation.
With the recent downturn in Alaska tourism, there are many opportunities today to create unique, fun Alaskan vacations at a fraction of the usual cost by saving on airfares and accommodations, guided fishing trips, wildlife and glacier excursions or cruises, meals, you name it.
Some examples include Alaska Airlines offering roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Anchorage for less than $500 with a 2-week advance reservation. Last year at the same time, a similar flight cost between $800 and $1,200. Many lodge owners are open to negotiation on their published daily and weekly rates. Discounts for cash are also possible, to save businesses bank credit card fees.
The Alaska Leisure Inn, a log cabin rental located near both the Kenai River and the Kasilof River, has discounted their room rates from $145 per night to just $99. Many other hotel, lodge, B&B and tour operators throughout Alaska are discounting their published rates this year to attract more tourists.
“The late salmon runs continue through August, so it is a great time to fish for silvers and other salmon coming up the local Kenai Peninsula rivers,” said Taryn Armstrong, a partner in the Alaska Leisure Inn. “Everyone believes that July is the best time to fish here, but August is great, too. And halibut fishing is year-round, and the ocean-caught salmon are just as tasty as the ones heading up the rivers. There are tons of deals on fishing charters out of Deep Creek, Anchor Point and Homer, Alaska right now. This is a great time to come here.”
In addition, August and September are terrific times to visit the Kenai Peninsula, when both the fishing and weather are still excellent, and many of the tourists who favor July are gone. And there are many more things to do other than fish, and day trips to Homer, Hope and Seward are economical and easy. The hiking trails are full of beautiful plants, birds and other wildlife, and there are many historical sites to explore.
For fresh ideas and to see what Alaska has to offer this season, check out some of these local websites:http://www.alaskaleisureinn.com
(there's a Links page that will direct you to many activity sites)
http://www.visitsoldotna.com (Soldotna, Alaska visitor's site)
http://www.kenaipeninsula.org/ (Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council)
http://www.kenaipeninsula.com (Kenai, Alaska visitor's site)
http://www.homeralaska.org (Homer, Alaska visitor's site)
http://www.renowntours.com (wildlife and glacier viewing cruises)
http://www.alaskahorsemen.com/ (horse trail adventures)