Anchorage and other

Reply

Feb 14th, 2002, 12:01 PM
  #1
Mike Fugitt
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Anchorage and other

I'm traveling to Alaska May 1 - May 8. Will headquarter in Anchorage and most travel will be day trips from there. I would like advice on what to see, etc. I have particular interest in some photography opportunities especially landscapes, but also wildlife. Also information regarding photograpy shops in Anchorage which might rent big lenses, etc.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2002, 12:50 PM
  #2
rqf
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
If you are going to have a rental car consider a trip to Seward. It is about 120 miles and you pass some interesting places enroute. There is Potter Point State GAme Refuge just outside Anchorage. Next is the Alyeska Resort. A tram takes you to the top of a mountain. Then you can take a boat trip to Portage Glacier. As you continue on to Seward you might see some wildlife on the hills running alongside the road. When you approach Seward you can take a drive to the Exit Glacier. This is a full days activity. You might consider overnighting in Seward and on the second day take a boat tour to Kenai Fjords National Park. Glaciers, sea life, moose and maybe a bear or two to be seen. As you drive to Seward the road runs along the Turnagain Arm. Whales have been seen in this body of water.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2002, 02:18 PM
  #3
Wanda
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hi Mike, if you decide to go to Seward, I would suggest that you stop and tour the Crow Creek Gold Mine and the small town of Hope, both are on the way there. Be sure and get a copy of the Milepost and read up on it before you leave on your trip.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:43 PM
  #4
John
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I'd be surprised if any photo shops in Anchorage will lend you long lenses, but you might try Stewart's at (800) 478-8581. Anchorage is a big city and most of the photo places have names like Wal-Mart or Costco attached to them. How about e-Bay?

The beginning of May might not offer the best photo options as it's early spring and the weather may not be the best (or it can be gorgeous - who knew?) One idea, though (expensive but so worth it) is a flightseeing trip from Lake Hood or Merrill Field - a lot of the charter/flightseeing operators are pros at finding critters for shutterbugs.

Do drive to Seward - in addition to the Kenai Fjords tour, you will pass through some lovely country, including Turnagain Pass and past Portage Glacier en route. North from Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley can have some excellent photo ops, head on up to Hatcher Pass for rugged mountain scenery and gold-mining relics laying about. On the way north, stop at the cemetery at Eklutna (native village) for pix of the colorful and interesting burial structures. Also that way, you can go visit Knik Glacier, also with good photo possibilities.

Happy snappy!
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2002, 05:44 PM
  #5
Paul Rabe
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Get the latest copy of The Milepost, an ABSOLUTELY essential guide to driving in Alaska. It will tell of spots where the scenery is great, where wildlife spotting is possible, and where the road becomes dangerous.

For a LONG day trip, drive all the way to Homer. It's literally the end of the road, and you get some great viewing along the way.

Also, do some hikes in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge and Chugach National Forest. By spending a few hours away from the road, you'll be rewarded with some fantastic views.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 14th, 2002, 05:57 PM
  #6
Postal
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Rather than taking a boat to Portage Glacier, I recommend hiking up to Byron Glacier right near there. The Visitors Center can tell you where the trail starts.

Kincaid Park just south of the airport is crawling with moose, especially at dusk but often in the daylight as well. Be careful around them, especially if there is a calf.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 15th, 2002, 11:27 AM
  #7
Barry
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Do yourself (and your taste buds) a real favor and eat at Simon and Seaforts! It is fantastic!!!
 
Reply With Quote
Apr 25th, 2002, 11:02 AM
  #8
kf
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I went to Seward in Early April late March and saw sea lions, sea otters, and eagles, right there at the Marina.....was the one of the best days I had in Alaska running around on the docks being "chased" by sea lions!
 
Reply With Quote
Apr 25th, 2002, 11:32 AM
  #9
Barb
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I am leaving tomorrow night for Anchorage. Never been before. What Marina are you talking about? Where is it? Sounds great! Thx!
 
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:12 PM.