Hi TA experts. We are a family of 4, ages 18-61, all fit and active.
Here's what we have so far.
Sept 5-6 Cruise
Sept 7 Ketchikan 7-3:30 Misty Fjords National Park ? Do we need reservations for that, too? Any other suggestions to see or do with the limited time besides wander around town?
Sept 8 Juneau 7 am- 10:30 pm Booked Marv & Harv's whale watching excursion ( Thanks to MM recommendations...looks great!) See Mendenhall Glacier. Any other tips?
Sept 9 Skagway...don't have any idea of what to see or do there. Maybe fishing ?
Sept 10-11 Cruising Glacier Bay & College Fjord
Sept 12 arrive in Seward. Kenai Fjord Nat'l Park 11:30-5:30 dinner and Exit Glacier( thanks again MM)...We are looking into either Northern Lights vs TourSaver coupons to help cut some costs. Overnight, for sure... at Hotel Seward?
Sept 13 rent a car (Hertz appears to be the only one and charges a bit over $200 for a daily rate, one way)and drive to Anchorage...with 4 people it looks like it is almost the same cost as 4 bus tickets , plus we can stop when we want on the way. Then we would change cars at ANC another car with the return to ANC on our flight on Sept 19. Drive to Talkeeetna and overnight.
We would like to flightsee...any recommendations on which company? If able to glacier land at that time of year would be a bonus. Maybe at 7 pm, if clear...if not wait til tomorrow? Perhaps we can get a coupon to help?
Sept 14 breakfast in Talkeetna, see the town, flightsee, if it is better that day?
Drive to Healy and stay there for 2 nights while we see Denali Nat'l Park. Check out the visitor center &/or dog sled show. Dinner at Black Diamond Grill?
Sept 15 Shuttle to Wonder Lake. Dinner at Mile 229 or ?
Sept 16 Drive to Fairbanks and overnight. See Ice Museum and Chena Hot Springsand/ or Museum of The North. Is that do able? We are not ones to stay several hours in museums.
Sept 17 Drive Richardson Hwy, with stops at North Pole & Rita's Ranchhouse on our way to Denali Hwy Cabins (thanks again MM) Evening Scenic Float and a bite to eat...somewhere?
Sept 18...drive back to Anchorage
Sept 19 A flight that departs at 12:30 am, seats on left of plane...hopefully we can see The Northern Lights???
We need some help on the above ??? and feedback from all of you people that have been there and done that, this will be our first and maybe our last trip...as far as the parents go.
With the above itinerary, it looks like maybe Northern Lights coupon book may be more cost effective...maybe we should buy one of each since there will be 4 of us?
Thanks in advance for your continued help!