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Go wild with an Alaska RV rental
For those with a true spirit of adventure, an Alaska RV rental holiday is the ultimate travel experience. This northern state seems as though it was carved out by giants—distances are immense, mountains tower high into the sky, and even the wildlife is outsized. Alaska refuses to be tamed—which is what makes it such an awe-inspiring place to visit. There is no better way to take in the majesty and spectacle of magnificent Alaska than a self-drive itinerary. Get a deal on Alaska RV rental and plan the trip of a lifetime, today.
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What you need to know about Alaska RV rentals
RV rentals Alaska tips for the savvy traveller
The main hub for RV rental in Alaska is Anchorage. Flights here connect this northern state and its cities to other airports around the USA, Canada, and the rest of the world. Anchorage is a very RV-friendly city with great facilities and services for staying for a few nights or preparing for an onward journey. Travellers can also rent or drop off an RV in other gorgeous locations in Alaska, including Fairbanks, Haines, Seward and Skagway.
Some planning tips for Alaska RV rental
Campervan travel in Alaska is very seasonal, which means motorhomes are in high demand throughout the warmer months—and so are the campgrounds. You should book both as far in advance as possible.
Consider the logistics of where you want to go. From east to west, Alaska is 2500 miles! Not only is that a lot of ground to cover, much of it is inaccessible. Map out the highlights you want to see and do the calculations of what you can reach and how long it will take.
Leave no trace. Take all your rubbish with you and don’t overload public bins.
Dress in layers and bring appropriate footwear. The weather in Alaska is very changeable, even in the height of summer. You’ll likely step in a few puddles and run into drizzle, rain, or snow.
Take a pair of binoculars so you don’t miss spotting that eagle, moose or bear. And don’t be shy with the video camera—you’re going to want to re-live this experience!
Experience one of the most unique landscapes in the world
Go ahead and experience Alaska by jumping in an RV and setting off along one of the state’s endless highways. The freedom of being able to discover this gargantuan yet beautiful landscape at your own pace is a truly wonderful gift.
A land for giants
Home to the largest mountain in North America and thirty different mountain ranges, Alaska offers myriad opportunities to stare at some of the most visually arresting landscapes on Earth. You can’t help leaving this place with a newfound respect for nature and a sense of wonder.
Bastions of a frozen world
It’s not just the landscapes that are worth getting in a rental motorhome and travelling thousands of miles for. Its icescapes are equally astounding. If you leave Alaska without getting as close as you safely can to its glaciers (and icebergs, if you’re lucky!), it will be an opportunity missed.
Alaska’s ‘Big 5’
Heading along Denali Park Road in your RV rental, you have the chance to see all of Alaska’s ‘Big 5’: moose, wolves, Dall sheep, caribou and grizzly bears. Moose can be known to be all over Alaska, even in Anchorage itself, while bears are more likely to be seen in high wilderness. If you do choose to find these creatures (or if they find you) just remember to treat them with care and respect—this is their territory, and they are not tame.
Where to drive RV rentals in Alaska
There is no shortage of attractions in this wild and wonderful place and you'll learn soon enough why so many people cherish their great Alaskan holidays. The challenge will be getting to see them all in one trip. It’s a feat that can’t be done, but you’ll have fun trying anyway.
Boasting gorgeous scenery carved into existence by glaciers, you’ll wind your way around the Little Susitna River. This is where you can find Independence Mine, from where gold has been taken since 1906.
The confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers is probably the most beautiful part of Alaska. It is about 100 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula and a stunning drive.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Heading north for just a few hours from Anchorage you’ll discover this pristine 6-million-acre wilderness centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Another of Alaska’s unmissable national parks, the glaciers, such as the Harding Icefield, offer panoramas you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Heading south in your RV rental from Anchorage, you’ll find yourself on the Seward Highway travelling arguably the most beautiful stretch of road in all of America. It is really hard to imagine a more impressive view with the 3000 foot mountains on one side and expansive flats of Turnagain Arm stretching to enormous sloping mountains on the other.
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Is renting an RV expensive?
The cost of renting an RV in Alaska is relatively higher than renting RVs in other parts of the USA on account of the remote location. However, you can book well in advance and look out for deals to minimise costs. Compare current prices across multiple rental companies by typing your dates into the search function on this page.
What’s required to rent or drive an RV?
For the vast majority of RV rentals in Alaska, you just need a regular driver’s license and a credit card in your name to continue with the rental process. If your license is in a language other than English, you may also require a suitable translation or an International Drivers Permit. When you rent RV in Alaska or any destination, every additional driver must also satisfy the minimum requirements.
What’s included in the RV rental?
For most Alaska RV rentals, standard living and cooking facilities are included. Mileage is not included, and roadside assistance depends on availability plus other factors. To see the specific inclusions for each rental, check the specs on the individual RV listings.
Is there a minimum rental period?
The minimum rental period (or cost equivalent) for most Alaska motorhome rentals is seven days. Longer rentals generally mean better value per day, so plan your itinerary carefully. To maximize your trip, you may opt to cross the border by heading to Whitehorse in your RV rental and discover Canada.
How much does it cost to rent a camper van in Alaska?
Alaska RV rental rates fluctuate based on season and demand, so it is best to check current prices by typing your dates into the search function on this page. This enables you to compare prices across multiple brands. Do note that luxury versus budget rentals, and return versus one-way rentals will likely have costs differences.
Is it safe to RV in Alaska?
Alaska is very RV-friendly, but it is a wild place. Respect the environment by packing and preparing well, staying in RV parks when not moving, and remaining flexible to changing conditions.
Can you park your RV anywhere in Alaska?
Alaska is a very RV friendly state and pretty flexible when it comes to Boondocking at your own pace. As long as you are self-contained, there is a lot of freedom to park on public land. Private land is a different story, plus the state and national parks may also require paid camping within the day or per night of stay. Plan ahead so you don’t get caught out, and when in doubt, ask locally.
How much does it cost to rent an RV for a week in Alaska?
Prices fluctuate for weekly motorhome rentals in Alaska. You can assume the busiest time in the summer months will be the costliest, but it’s best to type your desired dates into the search function on this page to get an accurate comparison across multiple brands when you rent an RV in Alaska.
Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?
Most RV rentals in Alaska do not include unlimited mileage, which is already a standard in the travel industry like even with car rental companies. Check the details relating to costs and inclusions relating to mileage on the individual listing before booking.
Are RV rentals pet-friendly?
Not all RV rentals in Alaska are pet-friendly, but many will accommodate. Check the terms of the pet policy under each listing before booking. Some rental companies charge a fee to bring your pet. When in doubt, give us a call.
How many people can sleep in an RV?
Alaska RVs come in different sizes and accommodate different numbers of people. You can assume that the number of ‘berths’ advertized is the number of beds provided in the camper vans. A general rule of thumb is to rent one size larger than the number of ‘berths’ you need for that bit of extra breathing space.
Do I need a special driver’s license to drive a motorhome?
No, a special license is not required to drive the vast majority of RVs in Alaska. You only need a regular driver’s license. An International Driver's Permit may be needed if your license does not have an English translation.