I have friends coming to visit and I am planning some ideas. I will be curious on whether anyone woudl suggest something else in the areas I listed or tell me to skip something I included. I tried to plan a laid back, affordable trip that will give my friends a nice exposure to Alaska. We have a 5 year old, 12 year old and 4 adults!
First Night - Catching Up
- Stop at Earthquake Park – a trail that on a clear day has a nice view of Mt McKinley (the tallest mountain in North America)
- Or stop and Watch Float Planes taking off and landing on the lake across from the airport
- Kids can explore the swamp in my back yard since it will be light for close to 24 hours
Day 2 - Explore Anchorage
- Downtown Fair – Arts Fair – Nice place to get lunch has Halibut quesadillas and reindeer sausage
- Wildride Dog Show
- Ship Creek to see if the Salmon are running through \
- Walk Downtown – Shop!!
- Consider goting to one of the local attractions/museums
- Is the Earthquake experience reopening in 2008?
- Native Alaskan Heritage Center
- Northern Lights show
- Flattop Mountain Hike
Day 3, 4, 5 - Camp somewhere for 2 nights and let the guys fish
- Drive down the Seward Hwy
- Stop to see Beluga Whales and the Dall Sheep
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- gold mine
- hand pulley that you take over a 100 foot gorge
- tramway that you can take to the top of the mountain
- Sea Life Center
- Exit Glacier
- Summer Sled Dog ride (looks cheesy and a bit pricey, but thought the kids would love it)
Some of the things I am not sure are worth the time or distance:
- Hope, Whittier or Homer
- cruise - seeing the whales or the glaciers will be great, but it is all kind of pricey. I know Portage tour is here, but is it worth it?
Day 6 or 7
- After a good rest and a nice bath, head north east up the Glenn and hit some of these areas. Camp for one night
- Thunderbird Falls. Take the one-mile hike to the waterfall
- Eklutna Lake – to camp and relax
- Native Village of Eklutna Athabascan cultural tour - how is this?
- Hatcher Pass - I don't know much, but I hear it is a beautiful areal
- Spend more time in Anchorage