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20 day trip end of May - Mid June. First time to Alaska!

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Hi all, I just found this forum while doing research for our upcoming trip to Alaska. The forum seems very welcoming and the advises given are very good so I signed up for an account :)

I wanted to go in August but the plane ticket is so expensive and car rental will cost an arm, a leg and a kidney so we're shooting for Memorial Day weekend til mid June instead. However, I read about mosquitos in June and was wondering if they really are that bad (I'm a bug magnet). We mainly would like to see wildlife and the scenery. I am into photography so I want to take landscape shots too, weather permitting. Here are the activities we might want to do so far:

Anchorage and Kenai
- Day 1 Anchorage: arrive mid night, go to hotel/hostel. Buy cooler and grocery shopping in the morning. Anything to do on Memorial Day without rental car? Dining at Moose's Tooth. We'll have the car on Tuesday or Wed.
- Pablo bikes - Tony Knowles coastal trail
- Russian River for possible bear viewing?
- Girdwood: Alyeska tram*, dinner at either Chair 5, Double Musky, Jack Sprats
- Whittier: take one of cruises
- Seward: 7.5 hr Major Cruise to Kenai Fjords NP*, 3 hrs Floating boat trip*, Exit Glacier, Summit Pass for picture
- Portage Glacier: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center*, Portage Glacier Cruise - Gray Line*
- Homer: bear viewing trip to Katmai* hopefully we can see bears catching fish in the river :)
- Palmer: Musk Ox farm*, Reindeer farm*, Independence State Mine
- Valdez: Worthington Glacier, Keystone Canyon waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, Horsetail Falls

Denali Area
- Stock up on food in Wasilla
- Take shuttle bus trip to Eielson Center?
- Talkeetna: anything to do?

Fairbanks Area
- Santa's House in North Pole :D
- Trip to Arctic Circle: should we take the tour $190/person or just drive there ourselves? The bear viewing company said he'd just drive there but with a risk of broken windshield.
- Chena Hot Springs and Ice Museum
- Take Hwy 4 and 1 on the way back to Anchorage to close the loop

Note: * is 2 for 1 deal with the Northern Light book

Those are just the ones I picked from the previous forum suggestions. We are flexible on the itinerary and how many days to spend at each area. Would you go to Denali and Fairbanks first or Kenai first?
Cheap lodging suggestion is appreciated as we try to keep the budget low. Alternative activities or tour are also welcomed. Thanks for taking the time to help me.

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