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Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

by Wyguy Online Now May 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Planning a trip with wife and 26 year old son to Alaska July 19-28. Would like to sightsee and do some fishing. In general, plan to land in Anchorage on 19th and travel to Denali on 20th. Spend 21st in Denali and then head to Valdez and Kenai Peninsula. Lots to see and do and need input on any or all of the following:
1. Opinions regarding the Denali bus tours.
2. Travel time (automobile) from Denali to Valdez and are roads paved per rental car requirements?
3. Is the ferry still operating from Valdez to Whittier and if so is there charge per vehicle or per individual or both. How much are charges?
4. If one does the ferry from Valdez to Whittier, would it be repetitious to take the Kenai Fjords tour out of Seward? (to see wildlife, whales, glaciers, etc.)
5. Is there more to do or see in Homer vs. Seward vs. Soldotna?
6. Any thoughts on the best location for a halibut/salmon charter?
7. Can we do this all in the time allotted?

Many thanks for your opinions!!

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    Re: Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

    by yvr Online Now May 22, 2011 at 6:38 AM

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    by Alicia35 Online Now May 25, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    It seems such a nice trip!

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    Re: Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

    by Alicia35 Online Now May 25, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    I plan to travel in Alaska too, and I've found this itinerary ... I enjoy it!!! What do you think about? :)

    THANKS

    Alaska Iditarod sled dogs

    Days Minimum Group Price per person
    10 2persons € 1994 *



    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Anchorage. Transfer and accommodation in tourist class hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2 Free day in Anchorage to enjoy the indescribable atmosphere of the city, major urban center of Alaska and the Iditarod race. They will then feel the atmosphere of this particular city where all these adventurers quote the great north but also all native artists who sell their works and their products in different places. You can choose to visit some museums like the National Museum of Art and History. Overnight in tourist class hotel.
    Day 3 Opening Ceremony of the Iditarod Race, the largest in the world. Opportunity to walk along the coast of Anchorage where every year suffer the second highest tidal marine world. Travel is unique in this remote town and a dip in this area is simply unforgettable. At 10 hours there is the start of the Iditarod. Overnight in tourist class hotel.

    Day 4 Transfer by road to the town of Wasilios (or Willow), where the issue of the Iditarod. Spend the day in this very special atmosphere. Evening return to Anchorage for the night. Overnight in tourist class hotel.

    Day 5 On the road southwest from Alaska road to enter the final in the Kenai Peninsula, and from this moment you can see an impressive fauna that is usually located on the site. After passing through the fjord Turgamain and we ended Sterling Highway in Anchor Point from where a spectacular view over the ring of fire and volcanoes in Alaska, which is located in the westernmost place in Alaska. Overnight in tourist class hotel.

    Day 6: En route to the small town of Homer, located on the coast of Bay Kamchemak touring the Kenai Peninsula. We will have a breathtaking view over the bay and the bald eagles that are located there in search of fish rich waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Overnight in tourist class hotel.

    Day 7 Cooper Landing Road crossing the road to Sterling, located in the middle of the taiga, in an idyllic spot. It will enjoy a day in this natural paradise. Overnight in mountain cabins

    Day 8: Heading towards the town of Seward. From there travel by boat for a tour through the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park in search of marine wildlife. After the boat tour and visit to this coastal Alaskan people we will go back to Cooper landing for the night. Overnight in mountain cabins.

    Day 9: Road Trip to Alyeska Resort, a natural enclave nestled in a glacial valley between the impressive mountains of the Alaska Range and the Gulf of Alaska. There is the possibility to opt for various optional activities:

    - Walking in ski these mountains.

    - Make a trip in a dog sled.

    - Walking with snow shoes in these lands inhabited by abundant wildlife.

    - Ascend to Mount Alyeska through a cable car to enjoy the view.

    Overnight in mountain cabins.

    Day 10 After breakfast, return to Anchorage, return the rental car, airport transfers and return to Spain.

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  • Re: Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

    by Wyguy Online Now May 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Alicia35,
    Thanks for your response. Looks like a great winter itinerary. One thing I have found, is make your lodging reservations well in advance and the Friday, Saturday, Sunday rates can be 1/2 of the weekday rates.
    Good Luck

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    Re: Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

    by SuzieEntrata Online Now Jun 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    this will surely help you... same as this helped me.

    Official State Guide Of Alaska -> http://goo.gl/8Rjqn

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  • Re: Need Alaska itinerary help and advice.

    by mareum Online Now Jul 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    We're heading to Alaska the week after you. Can offer thoughts on Denali bus tours. Checked them extensively. Whether a guided tour or the national park service shuttles, you seem to spend a lot of time riding. With your private vehicle you can get about 15 miles into the park anyway. So we opted to do that and spend our time hiking the many trails around the visitor center, seeing the NPS sled dog kennel demo and just generally enjoying the scenery. Granted, we won't get to Wonder Lake, but we are going to Talkeetna too so we are hoping to get a good look (weather permitting) of Mt McKinley from there.

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