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We know how it feels to be enchanted by America’s largest state. You’re in love with Alaska, and maybe you’ve never even been there! That’s okay, because The Last Frontier can be at your fingertips whenever you want (as long as you’ve charged your phone). Whether you’re planning your Alaska vacation, tracking the Iditarod, looking for northern lights, or just daydreaming about escaping from your usual routine, we’ve found some helpful Alaska apps to let you experience this majestic state right from your smartphone.
You’re working hard, but we know that in between those productive meetings and power lunches, you’re dreaming of an Alaska getaway. Now you can plan your itinerary on your phone (and still look busy). Download the Travel Alaska app for all the planning information you need to make your getaway. It’s a pocket itinerary, and it’s free. The app highlights travel services, notes special offers, and gives you a comprehensive list of popular sites and cities. It highlights places to stay, package tours, and even helps you find the best way to get yourself to The Last Frontier, just in case you left the office and just kept driving. We wouldn’t blame you.
The Alaska App
This app not only helps plan your trip with guides to Alaska hotels, tours, shopping, and nightlife, but it also gives you insider secrets to hot spots like glaciers, ghost towns, and scenic viewpoints. It also shares the best wildlife viewing spots, and you can pass along tips on moose and bear sightings to another traveler.
You can see videos of Alaska’s tours and destinations, so it lets you visit Alaska before you visit. Showing you aerial views of mountains and valleys, as well as giving you access to more than 600 weather cameras throughout the state.
The best part, though, is you can send ePostcards to your friends and family to make them jealous of your trip in real time. It’s the official app of Alaska.org, a comprehensive travel information site launched by the Alaska Channel. Download for free.
You made it! You’re in Alaska and you’ve just spent the day exploring the Klondike. The Alaska Campgrounds app lets you find the nearest places to pitch your tent based on your location and offers a description of the campsite’s features and what’s nearby. It gives you information on nearby points of interest, trails and other amenities. The app includes a built-in compass, giving the most directionally challenged travelers an edge. Download the app for $1.49.
Scenic Map Alaska
Need a closer view of that hiking trail? Try the Scenic Map Alaska, which gives you a 3D topographic map of the state. This app, designed for iPhone and iPad, lets you scroll the image like a map or fly through it like you’re in a flight simulator. So it’s like you’re there, zooming over the topography in a float plane. If that makes you seasick, you can easily switch to the 2D view. All roads and topographic traits are kept up-to-date, and you can change the direction of the lighting and the season to match your location and timing. You can even track your location with GPS. Download the app for $2.99.
This official app of the 1,150-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race offers fans free insider videos, musher bios, race news and standings. It will also feed you live video of the ceremonial start of The Last Great Race on Earth in Anchorage, and you can watch your favorite mushers and dogs cross the finish line in Nome. It’s the next best thing to being there in person. But if you’d rather join in on the excitement, make a reservation at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel & Conference Center.
Always wanted to see the northern lights but never sure when they’d make an appearance? This app sends aurora borealis activity notifications right to your phone, so you’ll never miss a show. These ethereal curtains of colored light are made when sun particles mix with the Earth’s magnetic field, forecasts are gleaned from current space weather. If you don’t have the fortune of being in Alaska, you can find out where else in the world you might see these celestial nighttime shows. The northern lights are particularly prevalent and viewable in Fairbanks, where the lights are visible more often than not. And whether you’re visiting the Westmark Fairbanks for business or fun, chances are good you’ll get to see these mesmerizing lights while you’re there.
What’s better than these helpful Alaska apps? Seeing the state in person. Use the apps to get you in the mood and to prepare for your perfect visit to the Great Land – and be sure to let Westmark Hotels help you plan the perfect stay.