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July Trip to Alaska

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July Trip to Alaska

My husband and I are planning our first visit to Alaska in late July (23rd -31st, fly in/fly out). We are planning to fly in/out of Anchorage and will be renting a car. We are hoping to visit Denali and Seward at the very least, but otherwise are very open to suggestions and "must do" activities (some thoughts we've thrown around include taking a day cruise to whale watch, glacier hike). We are young and relatively active/in shape, love great, local food, photography and are looking to make the most of our trip - any suggestions would be most appreciated!

Thanks so much in advance!

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1. Re: July Trip to Alaska

Hi, welcome to the forum.

Would you be interested in bear-viewing (expensive), kayaking, fishing, whitewater rafting, flightseeing, museums? What times/dates do your planes arrive and leave Anchorage?

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2. Re: July Trip to Alaska

In a week, Denali Park is great with 3 nights, or 2 nights, and a night in Talkeetna area. Add a couple, split nights in Anchorage, and 2 in Seward. About all you have time for.

Neither or the "regular" boat tours, out of Whittier or Seward is likely to have "whale watching". There was a report of a long Whittier tour with Sound Eco, which usually sees whales.

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We were younger when we did our visit to Alaska twenty years ago. However, we researched what we wanted to visit long before we made reservations. Your trip is less than six months away and you have no plans. You may find accommodations are already being booked up.

You want to visit Denali and Seward which are opposite directions from Anchorage. Be aware hotels in Anchorage in the summer are costly.

Since you are already on this Alaska forum, suggest you scroll down through the various threads as there is much useful information posted.

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4. Re: July Trip to Alaska

There are many hiking options. Here's my favorite hiking website:


My favorite hike is a full day hike (near Seward) up to the Harding Ice Field. My next favorite is a late afternoon/evening trek on the Matanuska Glacier (see: http://www.micaguides.com/glacier.html ).

In the Girdwood/Portage area a couple can have a great day of hiking/walking and dining:

- Winner Creek hike is a nice easy hike with a hand tram over a gorge and then a foot bridge over a nice creek. Park just outside the mine and enter the trail just inside the mine entrance.

(see: http://www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/Winner.htm)

- visit Portage Glacier/Lake (nice visitor center) and walk/hike to nearby Byron Glacier for some great photo ops. (have some plastic trash bags in your pocket to "sled" down the snow banks at the glacier)

- dine at some of Girdwood's cool restaurants (Jack Sprat, Maxine's, Double Musky, Chair 5, 7 Glaciers, etc.)

- visit the AK Conservation Center

Hope you enjoy AK,


ps if you haven't booked your car, do so ASAP

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In Seward you might like the kayak trip to Aialik Glacier with Kayak Adventures Worldwide. The water taxi ride is a great tour of Kenai Fjords and the kayak in the icy bay to the glacier is amazing. Check out the reviews here on TA.

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6. Re: July Trip to Alaska

So glad to see you are spending some time in Talkeetna! You mentioned you love local food and photography, so you will love Talkeetna! It is a quirky little Alaskan town with great local food, local beer, and lots of charm! I love Twister Creek and Denali Brewing company for a great local lunch or dinner with outdoor dining right on Main St.

For breakfast, no visit to Talkeetna is complete with a breakfast from The Roadhouse!



If you have an opportunity to go on a flightseeing tour, I highly recommend landing on a glacier. It's a once in a lifetime trip and you will get some amazing photos. Here are two great companies out of Talkeetna.



Lots more info at the chamber website


Enjoy Your Alaskan Adventure!

Andi-Owner/Talkeetna Chalet Bed & Breakfast

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7. Re: July Trip to Alaska

First of all reserve your car NOW if you haven't already as well as reservations asap. I would suggest 3 nights in Healy so that you can experience the shuttle both early morning and evening. Book your whale watching excursion with Salt Water Lodge in Seward and if you can squeeze a night or so in Homer I would do so. Accommodation I would recommend are: Loon's Nest B&B in Anchorage; Aspen Haus B&B in Healy and Ak Beach House B&B....hopefully these are not filled yet. If you arrive in ANC at a reasonable our I would proceed to Healy or at least Talkneeta.

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