My wife (age 56) and I (age 64) are planning a trip to Alaska for two weeks next year from approxiamtely August 21 to September 6.
We're tentatively planning to arrive in Anchorage and spend 2 nights there. Next we're planning to rent a car and drive to Denali for about 7 days. This is the main purpose of the trip. We hope to take the shuttle bus in the park, see wildlife (and photograph) and do some fairly easy hiking of 3-5 miles round trip. We are fit and do some hiking in New York's Adirondacks. I know that is a far cry from Alaska but that's the type of hiking we are interested in. I think we've decided to stay at the Denali Park Hotel in Healy. Cost is somewhat of a consideration. We'll also spend a some time driving and exploring around the area.
Next, we plan to drive to Kenai Peninsula for most of the remainder of our trip. We expect to take a day cruise with Phillips Cruises unless someone can point out some good reasons not too. We mainly hope to see whales, eagles, icebergs/glaciers, etc. Also, we are planning to drive around the peninsula viewing the scenery and wildlife. From here on we'll head back to Anchorage for the long trip home.
This is sort of a bucket list trip. We don't expect to be able to afford to do it again but we know we can't afford to spend more time and money now. So, I'm looking comments and advice on any part of the trip that people can comment on. We're not sure if we're doing Denali first or Kenai first. We are interested in temperatures so as to pack proper clothing. Thanks in advance for comments and information.