We're hoping to visit Alaska late August/early September 06. So far we have decided that we're going to hire a car and stay in B&B's for part of the trip to visit Anchorage, Talkeetna, Healy (Denali), and possibly Fairbanks. We're also planning on flying to Katmai to stay at Brooks Lodge for bear-viewing for a couple of days.
However,being in Alaska, we obviously don't want to miss the amazing scenery in the South, especially the Glaciers. If whale watching is available at this time of year, this would be fantastic.
Can anyone recommend a good location to stay in which is not too hard -or expensive- to get to from Anchorage? (Should we drive there or is different transportation a better idea?).
What cruises are recommended? (a full day cruise would suit us).
On another note: Is Fairbanks worth visiting, and/or is there anywhere else that is a must-see?