April 14, 2012 3:34 PM Subscribe
My sister is being induced on May 1st in Fairbanks, Alaska. I live in Toronto. Help me get there.
posted by kate blank to Travel & Transportation around Alaska (16 answers total)
My sister, who lives in Fairbanks, is scheduled to have a baby on May 1st. I'd like to go out and help her and I'm looking for some pointers. Airfare is expensive, which I expected, and some lower-priced flights are just poorly....scheduled. (Paying $900 to fly from Toronto to Detroit, Detroit to Chicago, Chicago to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Fairbanks just seems like a terrible idea, although paying $2500 to fly Toronto-Seattle-Fairbanks is a little hard to swallow, too.)
To save costs, I am considering flying out of Buffalo or flying into Anchorage and renting a car to drive to Fairbanks (and I'll need a car to get around Fairbanks anyway). Do you have experience with that drive at this time of year? I am a very good winter driver and I have lived in Alaska before, although I lived in Seward (which is southeastern Alaska) and most of my winter driving experience has been upstate NY and southern Ontario.
Is there another possibility I'm missing? I know about the train that runs from Anchorage up through Denali, and I've taken it. It seems like a pretty slow way to get where I'm going.
To sum up, I can afford to pay $2500 in airfare and I'll probably end up doing that if there aren't better options. I've lived in Alaska and I've lived in Asia so the romantic notion of a rugged, twelve-stage trip across the country is dead and buried. Having said that, I'm not opposed to driving from Anchorage to Fairbanks if it's a reasonable thing for a regular person in a rental car to do.