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Advice on getting 2 Denali after cruise from Vancouver-Whittier

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I just booked a trip for July 2012 for my husband, myself and our 10 year old son. We are leaving from Vancouver and going to Anchorage (Whittier) on the Princess Saphire. Being able to cruise Glacier Bay was the big draw to Princess for us-- we have never cruised before and I found all of the choices to be quite overwhelming. This 7 day cruise seemed to pack a lot in and we have heard that they "do" Alaska quite well.

We would love to see Denali, but the price of adding it on is too much after the cruise and I still need to book the airline tickets. I am thinking that there must be a more affordable way to go north for 2 days to experience Denali without going through Princess. Has anyone done this before? Which rail/bus line did you use and where did you stay?

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
Gwendolyn

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