Our trip is planned for July 3-12, 2008. We have two children, ages 17 and 15. Here is our itinerary so far. We considered adding Denali, but decided to limit our trip to Anchorage and the Kenai peninsula so we don't feel rushed driving from destination to destination. We want to see wildlife, hike, and have some more activity, but we also want to keep stress to a minimum. We have two "major" activites planned, a glacier kayak trip and a fishing trip, and looking for lower-cost activites beyond that. However, we don't necessarily have to fill every minute....We have family in Anchorage, so wanted to spend a couple of days there with them.
Arrive late July 3 (10:15pm). Stay with relatives in Anchorage through July 6. They should give us an idea of things to do in the Anchorage area over the 4th of July weekend. On the 6th, drive to Seward, stopping at sights along the way. (Suggestions?). Stay at Bear Paw Lodge in Seward for three nights. On the 7th, all day watertaxi/kayak trip planned to Aiklik Bay. 8th, visit SeaLife Center, Exit Glacier. On the 9th, drive to Soldotna, stopping at sights along way (ideas?). Stay at Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. Salmon Fishing trip on Kenai River (deciding between fullday and halfday) on the 10th. After fishing, drive to Homer. No lodging reserved yet. Stay in Homer two nights. Is it reasonable to make it back to Anchorage on the 12th for our 4:30 pm flight?
I'd like to get some opinions on our itinerary, and suggestions for things to do on our driving days and in Homer, good restaurants at all locations, etc. Is our plan too sparce? Too much time in Anchorage? I see some others' plans so jammed packed with stuff!