Hello from the lower 48! I received alot of help from some folks on a previous topic. Now I'm going to focus on specific activities within August, 2007. Any help from geokas, Travel1000, coalminer, and others would be gratefully welcome!
Our family of 3 able adults and a 13 year old is traveling with our inlaws on a Northbound cruise going Vancouver to Whittier leaving July 28, 2007. We end up 7 nights later in Whittier. We have decided the RV will be fun (and we have some experience in that area).
We are trying to keep budget minded, but narrow down some decisions and could use a lot of advice or ideas!
A) a few more intimate "non cruise crowd" tours for 2 adults, 1 child off the ship during our Princess cruise that begins July 28 2007.
B) We are focusing on RV with early 50% off booking discounts.
C) Tours during the 14 day (RV bound) post cruise that match up with our schedule after being on the Princess. Thanks
We are looking to book a few things keeping budget friendly that is not too overwhelming with combined shuttle from the ship to the location of the excursion.
The stops the ship makes are:
We are first looking for a budget over night in Vancouver, B.C. the night before leaving on the 8/28. Any suggestions with something that has breakfast and transfers to the dock?
Stops in Ketchikan - have from about 7:30 AM till 12:30 NOON
Rain Forest Wildlife Sanctuary
back country jeep and canoe safari
rain forest canoe adventure
clover passage by kayak
Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer
Misty Fjords Seaplane Exploration
Stops in Juneau - have from about 9 AM till 7:30 PM
Possible interests - can do something that we can easily get to without running
ragged - maybe just one activity.
Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Hatchery Tour
Historic Juneau Gold Mine tour
Rain Forest Garden Adventure
Discover Point Nature Walk
Mendenhall Glacier & Wale Quest
Glacier View Sea Kayaking
Stops in Skagway - have from about 8 AM till 7:00 PM
Any ideas here that are budget minded and keeps us out of the cruise crowd? We are looking for just one activity.
Gold Fever Adventure
Chilkoot Trail Hike and Flat Adventure
Deluxe Haines Highlights
Eagle Preserve Scenic Float Adventure
Wilderness Kayak Experience
Ends in Whittier - do you folks advise us staying over night and then getting over to get our RV Rental the next day? ABC Motorhome Rental is out of Anchorage Airport. Does anyone know of a budget B&B or cabin in the Whittier area?
Are there any recommendations on seeing:
Turnagain Arm History and Tram Tour
or Kayaking in Prince William Sound?
After the weeklong cruise that would be our luxury. At this point we'll be looking for natural beauty.
We are interested over the following 14 days (traveling in an RV) to find some FREE safe, quiet (but not too quiet) and beautiful pull over spots to boondock.
We'll be looking along the way for some prepaid budget value tours, kayaking (2 trips), whitewater rafting (2 trips) with dry suit, helmet, and guide.
Value accommodations in camp grounds with possible free showers? Do places have these?
We will be wanting to spend 3 nights in Denali, and take the shuttle bus that goes all the way in to the lake in Denali.
The best budget boat tour (small) that takes you to a glacier pool.
We are looking at:
Whittier or Anchorage - 1 night
Homer area - 1 night - 2 nights
Talkeetna area - 1 night
Denali National Park area - 3 nights in this area
Fairbanks - 1-2 nights (if it's needed?)
and some of the towns in between and the trip back down. We are very interested in Valdez - but not sure how to route that into the 14 day plan.
If there are any suggestions from this point, please continue to send your thoughts. You are all incredibly helpful.
We prefer to avoid the cruise crowd folks. We would like to decide on activities and be hooked up with the service providers that offer the best value for their trips. We are only looking for value/reputation in our side trips. Thanks so much! Any other tricks or tips are welcome! Thanks!