We are going to Alaska for 9 nights and was looking for ideas or to see if I have made any bad planning. Feel free to provide any feedback.
My parents took me to Alaska in the 70’s one summer and it was the trip of a life time (That trip was over 3 months!) and now I’m taking my wife and 11 yr old girl on the long promised trip. June 26 through July 5th.
Big goals – in order:
See Glacier, See Bears, Denali, Whales, see Wildlife in general. Take a million pictures. See Musk Ox if they fit into the trip.
Would like to get a half day bike ride in and some good hikes. I’m not an avid fisherman but we would like to do some fishing.
Day 1 (6/26)
We fly into Anchorage in the late afternoon, pick up rental car, get acquainted, and get to our hotel. Anything more is gravy.
Any suggestions for Anchorage?
Day 2 (6/26)
Drive to Denali via Parks highway
Hope to pan for gold on the way there is an open to the public spot just south of the park.
See what we see take our time. We have our hotel just outside the park reserved for 2 nights.
Day 3 (6/27)
Day long Bus tour through Denali – already reserved.
Day 4 (6/28)
Most of day around Denali, thinking about renting bikes … Drive to Fairbanks … Late dinner in Fairbanks … already have our cabin reserved.
Day 5 (6/29)
See Fairbanks until noon. Ideas? (Will not go to Frontier town I dont like tourest traps!)
Head south but would like to avoid doubling back over the Parks highway, but don’t see much about the Richardson and Campbell Highway through Paxton.
Aha Paxson! – The town our truck broke down in back in the 70’s, my dad took that well.
Is there anywhere to stay around there?
Even the Milepost seems to be sketchy on this route!
Day 5 (6/30)
Paxton or there abouts to Anchorage
Stay in Anchorage
Day 6 (7/1)
Some kind of day trip.
Train ride? Any ideas.
Day 7 (7/2)
Drive to Whittier; see the Portage glacier on the way. Stay the night.
Any cabin / hotel ideas?
Day 8 (7/3)
Prince William Sound glacier tours – unless someone suggests something better.
Want a good glacier tour and if we see a whale all the better.
Day 9 (7/4)
Day 10 (7/5)
Flight leaves at 6pm so any ideas for the first part of the day?