Alaska, purchased from Russia in 1867 for about two cents per acre, stayed under American control for over 90 years before officially becoming the 49th state. Even though it's the largest state in the Union, it remains the least densely populated. This doesn't mean there aren't amazing things to experience. If you snag one of the many cheap flights to Alaska, you'll be privy to outstanding natural beauty and historical destinations.
There's obviously more than one airport in the state; if you're looking for the tourist experience, though, you'll want to find flights to Alaska via the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Here you can find hotels in Anchorage and be among the half of Alaskans who live in that metropolitan area. Visitors who enjoy great cuisine will also love this route, since NerdWallet ranked the city as the 8th best city for foodies in the country.
You should also remember when booking Alaska flights that the state's weather is anything but predictable. Tourism season spans from the middle of May until the middle of September, and during this time, the sun stays out well into the "night." If you come during June, you can enjoy the two-day Gold Rush Days celebration.
When booking Alaska hotels, keep in mind there's a world outside Anchorage. In mid-May, the May Day Fly-In & Air Show takes place in Valdez, while early November offers visitors and residents alike the Athabascan Old-Time Fiddlers Festival in Fairbanks.
Even if you haven't determined the best time to visit, you'll be happy to know both the Anchorage Museum and Kenai Fjords National Park are open year-round. Make sure to book your flights to Alaska through Travelocity; the Travelocity Price Guarantee ensures you'll be refunded the difference if you find a lower priced deal elsewhere.