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My wife and I along with another couple and a single will be visiting Alaska in August. Our main interests are wildlife, photography, scenic drives, and very light hiking…. Less than 3 miles of easy hiking.. We will be renting a car and a single person(my sister) will be returning it to Anchorage.
the first half of our land trip which will be Denali,Talkeetua and the Matanuska Glacier.. Is now pretty well planned. So I'm looking for advice on going south from the Matanuska Glacier to Seward and on to the Kenai Peninsula. We are thinking about this part of the trip taking about seven days. Maybe something like this

day one… Matanuska Glacier to Girdwood stay overnight in Gridwood
day two and three… Drive to Homer stay that night and the next night
day 4 -7… Seward I know that we will drive past the turnoff to Seward to get the Homer but were going to take a southbound cruise ship from Seward. So why not end up there.
My other thought was to sort of set up a base camp/hotel in Moose Pass and drive to the other locations. What do you think? Any and all suggestions are welcome, and I have no problem changing the itinerary, other than winding up in Seward .
Maybe I'm allowing too much time in some of the towns? Maybe there's something that we should see in between Matanuska Glacier to Girdwood?
Thanks in advance for any help
Michael

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    Matanuska to Girdwood should be good. You can stop on the way at Independence Mine. Or skip that and spend a more time in Girdwood. Lots to do in Girdwood

    We loved staying at the Matanuska Lodge. Loved taking the canoe out on the lake, lounging on the fabulous wrap around deck, we watched a moose in the backyard, had a luxurious room, lovely hostess.

    We had dinner at Sheep Mountain Lodge after trekking on the glacier. We had a good dinner there. Those cabins looked nice too.

    In Girdwood we stayed at Hidden Creek B&B--another really nice place to stay.

    There is an easy trail in Girdwood with a handtram over the ravine. It was down for repair when we were there but taking the handtram would be fun.

    There is a fabulous restaurant in Girdwood--either arrive early or prepare to wait--The Double Musky.

    The Alyeska Ski Resort is in Girdwood. You can take the lift to the top. The Wildlife Conservation Center is nearby. We ran out of time but I believe you can schedule some special tours there.

    We took the Glacier Cruise out of Whittier when we were there. It was a half hour drive from Girdwood. Fabulous day to be on the water. We loved this cruise. (2 for 1 special in the Toursaver coupon book)

    You will enjoy 2 nights in Homer. We loved Homer. Good idea ending in Seward and having your sister drop the car back in Anchorage. That will save you a lot. Book you car as soon as possible and then keep looking for a better deal. Car rentals are expensive in Alaska and get more expensive the closer you get to your trip.

    I have last year's trip report on the site. If you click on my name and don't find it, I will repost it for you. We visited these same cities last July.

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