Every time we pull into the parking lot of Great Alaskan Holidays in Anchorage, the clamoring begins.
“Whennnnnnnn can we rent an RV? I wanna rent an RV this summer!”
AK Kid loves RV travel, so much in fact that he has a working knowledge of chassis and dinette configurations, and can do a pretty good imitation of the song “Holiday Roads.”
Why, you ask, does a tent-camping, cabin-loving family advocate for the driving of a hotel on wheels as part of an Alaska vacation experience?
Because it works.
Great Alaskan Holidays is a longtime sales, service, and rental company in Anchorage; they know the business of seeing Alaska by road, and they know how to make it work for even the most nervous new RV driver (cue AK Dad). We know what families want from their Alaska vacation experience, and the two, shall we say, are meshing quite nicely.
Located at 9800 Old Seward Highway in south Anchorage, Great Alaskan Holidays is a short distance from Anchorage Inernational Airport, and is a family’s ticket to incredible 49th state adventures. Whether you’re staying for a week or a month, an RV can provide accessibility, affordability, and accommodations for an entire crew, with less hassle than one might think.
Everyone knows packing and unpacking kids and kaboodle is not easy; I’m lucky if the suitcase zips after several overnight stops. In an RV, like a cruise ship, vacationing parents unpack once and call it done. Ahhhh, break out the wine and cheese, dears. Oh, yes, and that wine and cheese won’t cost you an arm and a leg at a restaurant; kids can nosh on chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese, too, all prepared from the comfort of your own kitchen. Win-win, especially when you and your sweetie sit outside in a camp chair in full view of a glacier and the children are inside playing Uno.
RV travel also provides flexibility, especially for families traveling with small children, grandparents, or others with varying degrees of mobility. Dividing and conquering is so much easier when home base is just a few steps away, isn’t it? Naps can happen, snacks can be shared, and everyone can savor a bit of Alaska’s wild spaces, together.
So, what is Great Alaskan Holidays going to give you? All of the above, and more:
– Stellar service, from the reservations agents to maintenance techs who perform a 40-point inspection on every RV before it hits the road, the focus is on comfort and safety. All RVs are 2013 or newer.
– Speaking of safety, ALL rentals stay parked in the lot until guests participate in a short orientation. Watch a DVD, do a walk-around, ask questions, and feel secure that the RV you’re driving across Alaska is the one best suited to your ability and needs.
– Courtesy transportation and hosting is available from the airport or train station between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If guests arrive very late or early, arrangements can be made to spend the night in the RV on the facility’s property, and meet staff in the morning after everyone has had their cup of coffee.
– Specials abound at Great Alaskan Holidays, too, like the Spring Special starting at $69/night, or the 55% discounted Peak Season special between June 20 and July 8. This one’s a doozy; rent an RV during those dates and receive a huge discount. Visit the Great Alaskan Holidays website for promo codes and restrictions.
– Planning assistance, known as “concierge service,” can provide itineraries, tips, and planning tools to make your RV vacation memorable, but in the best possible way.
You’ll be hearing a lot from me in the coming months about RV travel and the good folks at Great Alaskan Holidays. AK Kid may even chime in on a piece or two, smart guy that he is.
In the meantime, read up on a few past posts, and maybe practice your own version of “Holiday Roads”.
AKontheGO is proudly sponsored by Great Alaskan Holidays during the spring of 2014.