Alaska itinerary


May 3rd, 2011, 06:51 PM
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Alaska itinerary

I posted an itinerary and received some good advice. Here's a revised itinerary as a new thread. We're both active and love to see nature and wildlife, but also enjoy cultural activities. Alaska looks similar in some ways to New Zealand, which we've visited twice, and which also involved short stays in several places. We also like the idea of boats to view nature, which we've done in several places, with our favorite being a few nights on a small boat around Cape Horn. I tell you all that, so you know what we might like, but I look to you to help turn this itinerary into a manageable plan.

A couple of concerns. First, we must be in Anchorage by the afternoon of the 12th for a wedding rehearsal dinner, and all of the 13th is given over to wedding activities in Palmer, about 45 minutes up from Anchorage.

Second, We are hitting a lot of places, and I am willing to eliminate some things, but it's difficult to get everything just right, with the wedding on those dates.

August 2 Arrive in Gustavus, 4:30pm, overnight Gustavus
3 Glacier Bay 8 hour catamaran tour, overnight Gustavus
4 fly to Juneau, arrive 8:55am; Mendenhall Glacier, tram up the mountain, overnight Juneau
5 Tracy Arm Fjord all day tour, overnight Juneau
6 Fly to Anchorage at 7:30am, and drive 5 hours to Chitina. Fly to McCarthy/Kennicott, overnight McCarthy
7 Mine and Glacier tours, overnight McCarthy
8 Fly to Chitina, and drive 2:30 to Valdez, overnight Valdez
9 Valdez
10 Fast ferry to Whittier arrives 3:00pm; drive to Girdwood
11 Explore Turnagain Arm, overnight Girdwood
12 drive to 45 minutes to Anchorage, visit AK wildlife Center, rehearsal dinner, overnight Anchorage
13 wedding, overnight Palmer
14 drive to Homer
15 Homer
16 drive to Seward
17 Seward
18 Seward for the day, and then drive back to Anchorage, overnight near aiprot
19 leave at 10am

Any advice is so appreciated! I'm sure I have some wrongheaded ideas. Please correct me. Looking forward to your help.
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May 4th, 2011, 09:19 AM
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I would be tempted to just fly to Anchorage and do Denali and Kenai Fjords from there. Perhaps Wrangel/McCarthy.

The first 10 days of your trip sound like an awful lot of traveling. Alaska is huge and it is pretty while traveling, but you really aren't spending much quality time at any place.

You might consider taking the train to Seward. Very Scenic and we enjoyed it.
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Jul 4th, 2011, 06:58 PM
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Wow, that list is dizzying... We just got back from a family trip to Alaska and I'd say skip Seward and add the time to Homer. Homer is fantastic: you can do a private or group fishing charter, go on a tide pool hike (independently or paid via the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies environmental group), go kayaking, do a 1 hour dock tour (via the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, $5, really interesting), eat delicious food, take a walk on the beach, and enjoy your time exploring this artistic, fun, easy-going community. Driving back up from Homer to Anchorage, you can stop by Seward for an afternoon at the Sea Life center and to spend the night, so you can break up your driving. But I wouldn't spend anymore time in Seward if I were you. We also did the train, from Seward to Anchorage and it was a nice experience.
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