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This New Flight Will Make Traveling to Alaska From the East Coast a Breeze

by Morgane Croissant Jun 13, 2024

Starting today and until August 19, 2024, Alaska Airlines will operate daily, nonstop flight between New York’s JFK airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, making it easier for both city dwellers and Alaskans to enjoy a change of scenery this summer.

This new direct flight is the only nonstop service between the two airports, and the longest in the Alaskan Airline network, covering 3,385 miles. The seven-hour-and-45-minute flight will depart every day from Anchorage at 8 PM and land in New York City at 7:05 AM; it will then turn around and depart New York City at 9:45 AM and land back in Anchorage at 1:30 PM.

This brand new flight makes New York City one of 14 nonstop destinations from Anchorage to the Lower 48 and Hawaii available this summer with Alaska Airlines. The other 13 destinations are: Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York JFK, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Seattle/Everett (Paine Field).

Once in Anchorage, East Coaster can explore the Frontier State by train with the Alaska Railroad. The rail operator runs three routes around the state in the summer: The Coastal Classic from Anchorage to Seward, The Denali Star from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and the Glacier Discovery from Anchorage to Grandview. Now matter the route chosen, an Alaska Railroad train journey delivers on amazing views of the Alaska wilderness in the utmost comfort.

Those who prefer a more adventurous trip might want to go gold panning, which is possible near Anchorage, or visit Kenai Fjords National Park, which is an easy day trip from Anchorage, to go wildlife watching, hiking on glacier, or even kayak in the fjords.

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