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The world of Alaska adventure opens up when you move beyond "road trips” and commit to a visit by air or by sea. Most of the state is accessible only by plane or ferry -- and there’s a lot of state to see...

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For many Alaskans, the world of travel will change dramatically in May. Not only will airfares from Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks drop dramatically later this month, but Alaska Airlines also is dropping some in-state air fares.

According to Marilyn Romano, Alaska Air’s regional vice president, the lower air fares are not “sale” fares. Rather, they represent the “everyday low price” the airline will offer going forward.

“When we brought the Q400 (turboprop) aircraft to Alaska this spring, we said we were going to lower fares. These are some examples of those lower fares,” she said...

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Who’s ready for some bargain airfares? This time of year, deals crop up quickly. But there are several twists that means more Alaskans will get the cheap rates across the 49th state.

For the last few years, Anchorage travelers have been spoiled with great rates, particularly between Anchorage and southern California. This is because of JetBlue ’s seasonal service between Anchorage and both Seattle and Long Beach...

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As promised, there is another crop of early-season discounts in full bloom.

With the sun ablaze and temperatures rising, I cannot think of a single reason not to plan a getaway in April or May. Check out some of the best deals:

1) Princess’s rail/lodging combo packages. Choose from several early-season deals, starting May 14. There are one-night packages to the McKinley Princess Lodge near Talkeetna and to the Denali Princess Lodge, as well as packages that include one night at each lodge. But I prefer the three-day/two-night options at one lodge the best...

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Here's a mini-roundup of some great air fares. Some are available for just a few days in May -- but it's worth it to stop and check your calendar.

Here are some of my favorites:...

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As the days get longer, Alaskans are busy preparing for summer.

But before the flowers are in full bloom, there are also a couple of glorious months before the kids get out of school. The pre-season and early-season deals are rolling out around the state. Here is the first of several reports on good deals for trips right in our own backyard:...

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Airlines add and drop routes all the time. That’s particularly true here in Alaska, since many more people flock to the Great Land in the summertime.

This seasonal imbalance also explains why some of the best airfare deals are during the peak summer months. That’s a little counterintuitive, until you understand that airlines have two important functions: to maximize the yield on any given flight, while fighting off any competitive service which might diminish that yield. It’s the “fighting off any competitive service” that often yields some great deals. That’s why travelers almost always win when airlines are mad at each other...

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The air fare scene for Anchorage travelers is improving as carriers ramp up for summer flights. Plus, there’s a nice event next Saturday to kick-start your in-state travel plans.

If you want to travel during April, you can pick from several popular destinations:

• Anchorage-Philadelphia for $378 round trip on United . This is a great deal -- and represents the least-expensive East Coast destination from Anchorage. In fact, it’s less than a ticket to Seattle (even on United!).

• Anchorage-Portland for $380 round trip, nonstop on Alaska Airlines . Can't beat nonstops...

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Last month I took the Alaska Railroad’s weekly “Aurora Train” from Anchorage to Fairbanks and then farther north to Wiseman for more stunning views of the aurora borealis...

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Here’s the good news for aurora watchers: The best is yet to come. That said, it’s a good idea to plan now so you’re in a good position to view the nighttime show later this month!

Last month I took the Alaska Railroad ’s weekly “Aurora Train” from Anchorage to Fairbanks. It’s a 12-hour trip offering stunning views of the frozen countryside. There are several places where -- if the weather cooperates -- you have unimpeded views of North America's tallest peak, Denali. One such spot north of Talkeetna is called by the conductors “Kodachrome Corner.” There, the train comes to a full stop and passengers take turns leaning out between the cars for that “perfect shot” of The Great One...

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