flying into anchorage with a 15 yr old and 24 yr old and spouse Dec 23-30. We have reservations at alyeska but kinda wondering if that is the best place to stay. What part of alaska is better to stay and not have to travel far for activities and or a neutral place to be able to go to day trips to other places. Interested in snow boarding, glaciers, dog sledding northern lights ect.
family of 6 adults - mid june trip - in/ out of anchorage
activities - wildlife/glacier viewing, kayak, biking, hiking, exploring towns
trying to spend as little time as possible in rental car
itinerary so far is
1. anchorage to seward - 3 days - for kenai fjord all day tour, hiking exit glacier/harding ice field, final day of hiking or biking, fishing
2. next 3 day itinerary is where I need help - thinking either homer for 2 nights knowing that will add lots of car time
or renting house in girdwood area for access to prince William sound tour, hiking, cooper landing, alyeska, wildlife conservation center, ??? other ideas.
Or one night girdwood and one night north of anchorage on way to talkeetna- ideas??
3. last night is talkeetna for denali flight seeing tour then back to anchorage for night flight out
Or would everyone recommend 3 days seward and 3 days denali? feels like it would be a lot of driving...
I have 4 days to explore from Anchorage and I am interested in seeing the great Alaskan wilderness, wildlife, glaciers etc. I would love to be able to take some pictures as well. What/where is the best to travel and go? I have looked into the rail lines, but I am looking for some recommendations. Any suggestions welcome!
Five of us are traveling to Seldovia from Homer on a Wednesday and as I search for transportation I find most are closed on Wednesday. Am I reading things incorrect or can you only fly to Seldovia from Homer on a Wednesday. Thanks, Judy
My husband, son (2.5 years old), and I will be visiting Dutch Harbor in September on a cruise ship. We have contacted Bobbie (Extra Mile Tours) for a tour but have not heard back from her yet. As a plan B, we are thinking of renting a car for the day. Can anyone recommend an itinerary or places not to miss?
We love driving through beautiful scenery, stopping for photographs, viewing wildlife in their natural habitat, and learning about different cultures. I read in a previous post that Captain's Bay Road is a great place for whale watching. We were thinking about stopping at the Holy Ascension of Our Lord Christ. What else?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
I really hope you can help. We did a Disney Cruise to Alaska last summer and at one port (either Skagway, Juneau, or Ketchikan) I bought a necklace from a jewelry store that was called "Northern Lights" for $10. They had matching earrings for the same price but I bought the necklace only. Real or not real, it didn't matter...I loved it. It was just a small, round stone. We moved about 6 weeks ago, and somehow...in the midst of moving...the necklace is missing. It's driving me nuts and I am really mad about it. So, now I wanted to see if I could possibly find the jewelry store who sold it to me and contact them about possibly ordering another one. I can picture the store from the outside, but cannot exactly recall the port, the store's name, or any of it. I am hoping perhaps one of you guys could help me!! I would really greatly appreciate any help you could offer. Thanks! It's very much appreciated it.
Planning to travel to alaska for a week in April. What are the main cities to visit?
Is there is tour worth the price? The cruise line is charging 250 p/p... for a 120 train and 70 ferry ride? Can I get to
the ferry from my ship without going on the cruise tour?
Many company reply me they close at Sep.11th.
But we have no vacation at that time.
Is there any sea kayaking tour can carry out the Sep.29th? Can the kayaking company make custimized tour at that time,We have 6 person.
Hi folks,we are 6 brits looking forward to this cruise. We have booked lots of stuff but am struggling on this one. We arrive in Skagway 6th sept and want to do scenic railway(up or down)combined with coach the other way. Can anyone help cos we want to prebook. Many Thanks Tim
My friend and I will be traveling from Seward to Homer on July 1st and need transportation. I already spoke with Stage Line, the company we planned to use as they say they go every Mon, Wed and Friday. However, because it's on July 1st (Friday), they aren't going because it's considered a holiday. I also looked into car rentals and can't even find one available. Are there any other options? Please advise, thanks.
1) Friends have suggested to take an Aerial tour and Glacier landing in Denali, from Anchorage. Is it really something not to be missed ? Our plan is arriving in Anchorage 3rd June @ noon, explore Anchorage & Denali. Have to reach Seward on 6th June, to catch the 9 pm Cruise from there. We have already planned to do visit the Matanuska glacier, Lake Eklutna, during our 2 day stay Anchorage. 2) How long would visit/hike of the Matanuska glacier take ?
Plan to land in Anchorage on 3rd June and spend 2 days visiting Denali. We would like to enjoy both the aerial as well as bus tour of the national park. is it possible to do both i.e going by bus and returning by aerial route or vice versa?
We are planning to fly to Achorage and stay for 2-3 days in Anchorage , in june. Are there any good hostels with family rooms in Anhorage.Else any good B&B places for a family of 3 ?
I will travel to Alaska & this is my first experience of Cruise so some body suggest how is the experience & cost effective travel of Cruise.
Will travel in 2016 .
Any body is travelling need company for travel.
I've been trying to plan this for a while and I think I am underestimating time/distance.. 35th wedding anniversary and hubby wants to spend it in alaska. The only "tours" we are truly interested in are Talkeetna Devil Canyon boat tour, 26 glacier cruise, hiking exit glacier (or the equivalent) and the shuttle bus in Denali. I have considered 7 glaciers for our anniversary dinner but don't know how possible that is.What I have tentatively figured was; fly into anchorage July 28, drive to talkeetna july 29, do the canyon tour, drive to denali, stay in denali from july 29-aug 1, take the shuttle through the park july 30. I had thought to then drive to seward aug 1 for the 26 glacier tour, exit glacier hike but those turn out to be whittier? My blonde brain is overwhelmed. Any aid to help me plan this well? We don't want an "every minute planned vacation". I have tentative, cancellable reservations in both seward and denali if that helps. We will also have a rental car. Are there festivals/do not miss happenings that I have missed? Please, no fly overs... I barely handle jets. :( thank you. If you were there July 28- August 3 and really wanted to do 26 glaciers, Devils canyon, Denali and a glacier hike, how would you arrange it?
On tour. Staying at Best Western. Have a few hours on our own. Is ferry within walking distance? If not, what rate per mile can I expect to pay cab transportation? Thanks.
My wife and I are wanting to fly into Alaska then rent a car/RV and take off to see the southeast part of Alaska. We are from Arkansas, live in the country and enjoy outdoors. We would like to see bears, moose, sea life, maybe fish a little, visit local taverns/restaurants, learn about the culture of the locals, see glaciers, mountains and visit a few nicer places too. Not into the big tourist crowds at all. We do not want a tour guide service telling us what to do and where to go on tours. My wife showed me a bear tour that was like $500.00! Can you not just go to a park and watch them on your own?? We would like to discover these things on our own if we can get a good itinerary from someone that knows the area. We are thinking around 10 days in July. We do not have a clue where to fly into or where to go so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Will we need advance reservations for day trips like day cruise from Seward or Wilderness tour at Danali?
Hi, I apologise for the boring question, but I would appreciate a reply.
We will be going to Dutch Harbour on the 5 October, and we are wondering if it will be to late to spot some humpback whales in the harbour....or it too late thanks max
I am a travel agent assisting a gentleman wishing to fish in one of these cities! He is in an electric wheelchair and has limited mobility of his legs and arms. He can stand up and move slowly with help from his dad. He will be in these cities in May and will arrive on 23 May in Ketchikan, 24 May in Juneau and 25 in Skagway. HIS WISH/DREAM is to go fishing! I've have tried thru Norwegian Cruise lines and ShoreTrips company but they are unable to assist us. Please call me at 800-264-0557 if you have a company that can make his wish come true! Regards, Holly @ Cruise and Travel Masters
I am from the New Jersey area and I hike in the Adirondacks (46, 4000 footers), New Hampshire (48, 4000 footers) and the Catskills (35, 3500 footers). Each of these areas has a group of mountains you can work towards. I am thinking about hiking in Alaska and I was wondering if you know of any such group of mountains in Alaska? I would appreciate any help you could offer or any website you can point me towards.
My partner and I are doing a 8 week road trip from Denver up to Alaska. We have allowed ourselves 13 days to get to Alaska (allowing us to enjoy Jackson hole, glacier national park, Banff etc etc) and 5 days to return to Denver. This leaves us just over 5 week to explore Alaska.
I would very much appreciate some advice regarding the rough itinerary I have put together for the Alaska component of the road trip! Also if you have some suggestions on places to visit, that would be very well received. We are outdoorsy people and love all things nature - hiking, camping, kayaking, sighting animals and enjoying in beautiful landscapes! Also we on a somewhat budget, like the simple things in life and are not oppossed to roughing it.
Leg one: Southeast islands (9 days)
Juneau: we have given ourselves 4 days + 1 day of travel (ferry to and from Skagway)
points of interest (Mehandell Glacier, Perseverance trail, Alaskan brewing co, drive around the island and enjoy the scenery)
4 days in admiralty island (looks absolutely stunning, I am still working out how we will get there / what we will do there, but i am very interested in the canoe route as well as exploring this amazing island.
we could add more time for the southeast islands, if anyone has any suggestions? Also is 5 days to long in Juneau?
leg two: Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula (18 days)
Anchorage: 2 days
Whittier / blackstone bay: 2 days
- 2 days in whittier (one day paddeling backstone bay / interested in staying in one of the USFS cabins)
Hope / Resurrection pass trail: 5 days
- 1 day to look around hope
- 4 days to backpack the resurrection pass trail (either this or Russian lake trail or we were thinking we can mountain bike the resurrection trail in a day and do the russian lakes trail as well)
if anyone has done these, I would love to hear some feedback
ninilchik / Homer / Kachemak bay: 5 days
- might stop in ninilshik to go clamming
- 2 days in homer (brewery, hikes, mountain biking, eating out, animals)
- 2 days in Kechmak bay (want to stay in a yurt and just relax and enjoy the surrounds)
Seward / Kenai Fjords national park (4 days)
- 2 days in Seward (hikes, canoe, might spoil ourselfs and stay in some nice accomodation)
- 2 days in Kenai Fjords national Park (boat tour, glaciers, animals, hiking)
leg three: Denali and Fairbanks (6 days)
- 4 days in Denali
- 2 days for fairbanks
I Have left out 5 days outm as this can account for the amount of driving we will be doing!!!! lucky I am from australia, and am very used to driving long distances :)
Let me know what you think! if we are spending to long is a town, or missing places. We do have the potenital to add up 10 more days onto the trip, so if you have any other suggestions?
Hello!! How are you guys?
Ok, I have a serious question about part of my 2016 alaskan trip. I will be renting a RV in Anchorage for 3 weeks, and I really REALLY wanna go to Juneau with the RV. I wanna go to Whitehorse, drive a little in the Alaskan Highway and visit Haines as well. I don´t wanna go by plane. I was looking for some information about this and discover that we can make this going from Haines to Juneau by Alaska Marine Highway System. I know that it´s expensive but I think it will worth it.
I cannot find any information of someone who has made it. Do you think it is possible and viable? We´re planning to stay for 2/3 days in Juneau, specially to make the Mendenhall Glacier hiking.
I am hoping to camp in Denali sometime between 17th - 25th December, and was wondering whether there are any camping groups heading there anytime in that period? I do not feel confident enough (have not tested the extreme winter conditions at Denali) to go solo camping and was hoping to find fellow adventurers.
June Alaskan, Princess "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise which has several hours of viewing of shores / glaciers from the ship. Do have a port side balcony and four days of land excursions. Primarily curious about equipment for photos from the ship. Do have a Digital SLR, a 400 mm zoom, and a wide angle18 mm. Have been ciphering on buying a spotting scope with a camera adapter. Concerns? The price and ease of use, as I have no experience with these. Also would they be of use in this situation, as seems most are promoted to birders? Naturally packing more stuff is always another debate. Thanks for all impute
Please, any have knowledge of the following (or others to recommend) tours at Skagway -- Via train one direction, "Yukon Expedition & White Pass." 8 hours for $200 and / or "White Pass Bennett Lake." A bike ride might be tempting also; "Klondike to the Sea," under 3 hours for $115, I believe just about 14 miles. Another one that has caught my attention is a "Animal Planet Exclusive: Kroschel Wildlife Refuge." About 6 & 1/2 hours for $210. Yes this is a 13 hour layover on a Princess Cruise in June. Married couple, around sixty and first time north. Any and all information you care to share appreciated. Thank you.
We will be arriving by cruise on a Friday morning and flying out of Anchorage Monday afternoon. Just trying to plan where to stay what to do. Interested in Salt water Halibut fishing.(,maybe on Saturday)Will need lodging for 2 nights in Seaward ..Do we need to rent a car for a few days? Have to get up to Anchorage for an over night stay On Sunday, as we fly out Monday afternoon and wanted to do the train, but at 8 pm, probably wont be much to see????? (late July travel) Or do a one way car rental to the airport....or bus?
Any comments/info will be helpful Thanks
We will be travelling to Canada and Alaska for 8 weeks in September and October 2016. There are so many amazing things to see in Alaska and we are trying to work out an itinerary. What would you recommend for people that love to eat salmon and see wildlife. I am an archaeologist and my partner is an Aboriginal Sites Officer for an organisation in Australia. We love food, culture and wildlife. Thank you in advance!
I'm a 31yr old solo female hiker going to denali in two weeks by train. Im not very experienced in backpacking/ camping,and am on a strict budget. What gear do you most suggest is absolutely essential in your experience, and what trails, areas to camp do you suggest?