I'm travelling to Alaska in June for about 4 weeks with my girlfriend and I've come up with an itinerary. Please feel free to comment and give us your advice.
First of all, we don't plan on spending more than we have to but still want to enjoy all there is to enjoy in Alaska. We'll bring our camping gear and don't mind camping, but like to stay in a relatively cheap hotel or B&B now and then. Also, we'd like to do some multiday hiking and want to see as much wildlife as possible.
So here goes:
June 10: we arrive in Anchorage, do a bit of sightseeing.
June 11: take train/bus to Denali. We want to stay there for 4 days, 2 nights camping in campgrounds and 2 nights backcountry camping. I guess I have to reserve this in advance (as well as the camping bus?).
June 15: leave Denali and stop in Talkeetna to do a flightseeing trip to the mountain.
June 17: maybe do some kayaking or a day cruise
June 18: to McCarthy via Chitina (have no idea yet what the best way is to get there). We'd like to spend the next 3 days in Wrangell-St Elias NP doing some hiking.
June 22: go back to Valdez and cross the bay to Whittier (don't know if this is possible in 1 day)
June 23: get from Whittier to Seward
June 24: Visit Harding Icefield/Exit Glacier
June 25: Maybe do some kayaking in Kenai Fjords
The next couple of days we'd like to do the Resurrection Pass trail, or maybe antoher multiday hike in the vicinity?
June 28: go to Homer and from there do a trip to Hallo Bay to see the bears.
I don't have any idea yet about our last days, maybe get to Kodiak Island or Katmai. We have to be back in Anchorage on July 4 to take our flight home.
Obviously, I'm still thinking about this so this planning will change, and of course we want to be flexible and change things if necessary (due to weather etc...).
Could anyone tell how much we have to reserve in advance (I was thinking Denali and maybe McCarthy and after that we would improvise).
If you have any other remarks, things that our not in here but that we should definitely see... please feel free to comment.