My husband & I will be making our 1st visit to Alaska and are really looking forward to it. We will also be visiting a bit of eastern Canada,Eastern USA(New York etc) and Hawaii on the way home. It is a long way from Australia, so we try to fit in what we can! We are in our early 60's and try to be very acvtive. We will need clothes for both warm & cold areas but are naturally wanting to carry as little luggage as possible because we are travelling on ferries, self-driving and a couple of plane trips.
I can see from the forum that layered clothing is advised but how warm, will there still be a lot of snow in early to mid May, should we bring waterproof type boots, coats etc? Is dressing in Alaska more casual or formal?
Also, we would prefer not to book too much in advance in case the
weather is variable. Is this sensible? for example- the shuttle bus in Denali on about May 17 and the White Pass and Yukon Rail trip on about May 21 - should we lock these in?
My last query regards the Ferries, we are told the shedule can be very unreliable, are we really taking a chance using the system?
Hope this is not question overload, but I would appreciate some local opinions. Thanks