How to Have a Dreamy Alaska Honeymoon + A Sample Itinerary
Imagine a place so green, lush, and human-less it feels like you stepped back in time to the Jurrasic period.
Picture glaciers so big they stick out like giant scars on the mountains hundreds of miles away.
Envision so many bald eagles flying around and snatching fish you’ll wonder if they really were on the endangered list. #Murica
Can you picture such an amazing, adventurous place?
I’ll be honest. When my fiance (now darling husband) and I booked our honeymoon to Alaska, I wasn’t expecting anything that incredible.
I mean I knew we were in for a treat. A huge adventure. Everyone know’s Alaska is the Last Frontier, the place for adventure seekers.
But I’m still in awe of how incredible it was to explore even just a tiny part of it.
“You’re Going to Alaska?”
“Oh you’re going to Alaska? That’s different. It’s a cruise right?”
That’s what LITERALLY everyone said to us. Which is fine. Most normal people do go on a cruise to Alaska.
But Jonny and I aren’t normal.
We like exploring at our leisure and leaving the crowds behind!
We decided on Juneau Alaska for two basic reasons:
- Jonny had SkyMiles points saved up and two tickets to Alaska were basically free. #Win
- Jonny and I had never been to Alaska, but it was on both of our travel bucket lists.
We did some research on where exactly we wanted to go and Juneau seemed perfect for us. It had lots of hiking, kayaking, and giant BEAUTIFUL glaciers. We booked our flight and our Airbnb in February, five months before our wedding.
We waited, and waited and waited and finally our wedding day and Alaskan departure came!
How to Have a Dreamy Alaska Honeymoon
Our honeymoon was nothing short of perfect. If you’re thinking of planning a honeymoon or vacation to Juneau, then here are my top tips to make it the best.
1. Ditch the Cruise
Unless you like being stuck in tight quarters with tons of strangers, don’t choose to see Alaska via cruise.
In my opinion, you can see and do much more if you choose to stay in one or two locations. We stayed in a cozy Airbnb right on lake Mendenhall. It felt like we had our own little place right in the Alaskan woods! Perfect for a romantic honeymoon!
We would drive a short distance to go hike or kayak then come home and snuggle up with some hot cocoa. No cruise agenda for us!
2. Be Prepared To Get Wet
It rains in Alaska, A LOT. At least in Juneau it does. (239 days each year they get precipitation).
There’s a really good chance you’ll get rained on while you’re visiting, and if you’re prepared for it that’s ok! Rain makes things dreamy, mystical, and more romantic anyway right? I mean, have you seen The Notebook?
The best thing you can bring so you can enjoy the rain is a good pair of waterproof hiking boots and a waterproof rain jacket.
I didn’t bring waterproof hiking shoes and my feet got soggy pretty much every day. It wasn’t that bad, but if you prefer to have dry feet, invest in some shoes!
3. Have a Spirit of Wanderlust.
If you’re not the adventure seeker type, then maybe Alaska won’t be that fun for you. For me and my hubby, it was perfect because we love adventuring. We love hiking and exploring and there is plenty of that in Alaska!
We were able to kayak, hike to glaciers, and see tons of wildlife. You can also go on whale watching tours (most excursions guarantee to see a whale) or if you have lots of money to blow, you can get helicoptered to ice fields or take a 3-day camping trip to see bears. (Maybe next time!)
4. Treat Yourself to a Nice Dinner
I know it sounds dumb and cliche, but there really is something romantic about going to a nice restaurant for dinner.
We chose a restaurant at the top of Mount Roberts, only accessible by tram. It probably sounds fancier than it was, but it was fun to treat ourselves to a classy meal, especially after a long day of hiking!
5. Live In The Moment
This one should be easy, but it can be easy to worry about leaving work behind, what’s you might miss on social media, and what wedding presents you got.
My advice is to turn your phone on airplane mode (which I barely had to do because most places we went were out of cell coverage) and leave real life behind.
You only get one honeymoon, so make the most of every moment!
It was so incredible to explore a new place with my favorite person. We made so many happy memories and each day was a treat to be together with no schedule to stick to and no jobs to stress about.
The only negative?
Having to come back to “real” life. It’s pretty freaking rude to make a newly wed couple be apart after only one week of vacation. 😉
Have more questions? Leave a comment and ask! I’d be happy to answer them. You can also download my free sample itinerary here!
Do you have your itinerary from your honeymoon still handy??? We are trying to plan ours for next summer and I just don’t know where to start!
We flew into Juneau and stayed at a little Airbnb (it’s a small town, so anywhere you stay will give you access to all the fun things!)
We booked a Kayak tour on lake Mendenhall for one day.
We hiked to Mendenhall Glacier & Herbert Glacier and did some hikes on Douglass Island.
We took the Mt. Roberts Tram up and had dinner at the restaurant up there, you can also hike up or down Mt. Roberts.
You can also go whale watching in the bay (Berners I believe) and there’s a yummy burger/fish n chips shack right there too. Does that help?
Totally! Thanks so much!
My husband and I are looking at Alaska for our honeymoon I’m Summer 2020! Neither of us are super athletic.. are their trails that anyone can “hike”?
Yes for sure! Herbert Glacier is long but super flat and at sea level so very doable. It’s beautiful the whole hike, so you could just go as far as you want and turn around! We also did some chill hiking on Douglass Island, they have some flat, relaxing trails. You can also go to the Mendenhall visitors center and there’s a short paved walk to a waterfall and has views of the glacier. There’s lots to do for all activity levels!