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Advice on temporary Alaska itinerary, please help!

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After reading suggestions and sample itineraries from just about everywhere, this is what we have come up with. We are a family of three with 15 year old son. We are most interested in hiking, kayaking, flightseeing, rafting, and fishing, not really into museums We start out with a northbound cruise out of Vancouver to Whittier, disembarking on July 8. More than likely we will have done Misty Fjords in Ketchikan, whalewatching in Juneau, and the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. From there, this is roughly what we have come up with. Airline reservations are made and we have 7 nights for the land tour. Please feel free to comment and critique:

July 8- after transfer from Whittier, rent car in Anchorage. Drive to Denali
The only part of this trip that we know FOR SURE we want is THREE nights in the Denali area to cover one day on the shuttle (July 9) and one day hiking/rafting, etc. (July10)

July 11- Leave Denali for Valdez. Possible stop early in Talkeetna for flightseeing. Travel Glenn highway to Mantanuska for glacier hike. Overnight in either Copper Center or Glennallen.

My original idea was to make it to Valdez by evening of the 11th but realize that may be a little much and will not allow for stops and enjoyment of the drive.

July 12- Drive to Valdez, possible fishing or rafting trip in Keystone Canyon. Overnight in Valdez.

July 13- Board ferry to Whittier, drive to Seward. We are most likely going to forego a Kenai Fjords cruise given the whalewatching we already did in Ketchikan (good idea?)
Overnight in Seward

July 14- Kayaking to Aialik Glacier. Overnight in Seward

July 15- Drive to Anchorage. Depart for home on redeye.

My main question: is this too ambitious an itinerary for just 7 nights? Like I said, the 3 nights in Denali is a must. We could always knock off a night in Seward and spend one more night in Valdez and do the Columbia Glacier Kayak trip there. Or we could not head towards Valdez at all and just go straight to Kenai from Denali and maybe spend some time in Homer. But we really want to experience the beauty of the drive to Valdez.

Thanks a bunch in advance!

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