Thanks to the input of many posters my wife and I have scheduled our Alaska trip. I am 74, my wife 60. Some minor back issues will limit hiking, though I expect we could comfortably walk a mile or so. We have rented an RV and our main interests are photography, viewing wildlife, and just seeing the magnificent sights of Alaska.
The purpose of this post is to outline our itinerary, and to get advice on anything we may have given too much time for, or any "don't miss" sights we may have overlooked. So....
6/10 arrive, pick up (2:30) and provision our RV then drive to Talkeetna.
6/11 K2 Aviation Grand Denali tour 9:00 a.m. Afternoon hang out in Talkeetna
6/12 Drive to Denali. Drive the public area of the road, check in to our campsite.
6/13 Shuttle bus to Wonder Lake
6/14 Free day in Denali. Perhaps a shuttle to the visitor's center
(The trip to this point is booked, though the last day in Denali could be cancelled if necessary)
6/15 Drive to Fairbanks. Dinner with a friend of my wife.
6/16 Drive Richardson Highway to Glennallen. 250 miles/5 hours driving time)
6/17 Drive to Valdez. Hang out in Valdez
6/18 Lulu Belle cruise to see glaciers/wildlife
6/19 Drive toward Seward. Overnight along Glenn Highway, view Manatuska glacier
6/20 Arrive Seward
6/21 Kenai Fjords tour--Either Captain's Choice, or Northwest Fjord. Input?
6/22 In/around Seward
6/23 Drive to Homer
6/24 Explore Homer area
6/25 return to Anchorage for overnight
6/26 return RV 4:00 pm. Leave for home at 11:30 p.m.
If time could be found I would like to consider a fly/drive to McCarthy/Kennicott. It seems that the most flexible parts of our schedule are the 3rd night in Denali and the final night in Anchorage. A glacier cruise and the Kenai Fjords tours are high priority for us, so we don't want to eliminate them.
So, back to the essential question; Have we allocated enough time or too much time to the elements of our trip? Am I missing some great vista or attraction?
Thanks to the wonderful posters who give so much of their time giving guidance to folks like me.