After much communication with Manitoba Maple (she came up with the initial itinerary suggestion in the first place and then I edited it a bit, and I can't thank her enough for helping us!), here is a tentative itinerary we have planned for our 14 day trip to Alaska (our first) - August 27th - September 10th. Have already booked our flights and car rental (for $800 for 14 days).
Please review and let us know your opinion on this. We are basically interested in mainly adventure activities which Maple has nicely covered, at the same time we don't to fit too much in our day. We want to spend more time in each interesting place rather than covering every single thing in this trip!
Also budget wise we have budgeted about $1300pp for activities. Some room to add smaller activities in addition to the ones below.
For accommodation we would like to spend $100-$120 a night on an average. We have figured out accommodation for the first half of the trip, need to work on the second half now.
We wanted opinion and suggestions on anything we should include for things to do, we are particularly also looking to see 'bear catching salmons' etc. Anything particular for this time of the year that we should look for.
August 27th - Land in Anchorage at 11:30 pm, Pick up Hertz, Backpackers Inn (Reserved but might cancel it, saw some bad reviews on TA about it, book Elderberry Bed and Breakfast instead??
August 28th - Drive to Seward, Overnight Bear Paw Lodge, Scenic stops: Potter Marsh, Beluga Pt, Windy pt, Wildlife CC, alaska.org/driving/seward-drive, Copper Landing?? Pickup supplies. Anything else that can be added here?
Aug 29th - 1st day of 2 day package for Kayaking w/ Kayaak.com, Aialik Bay,Overnight Bear Paw Lodge
Aug 30th - 2nd day of the 2 day tour - for Exit Glacier 9am hike, Overnight Bear Paw Lodge Exit Glacier Hike, Sealife Center etc.
Aug 31st - Drive to Hope (late morning), Nova - six Mile Creek Rafting - 2 pm for 2 canyons, Overnight Hatcher Pass B&B
September 1st - Explore Hatcher PAss/Independence Mine in the morning and Drive to Denali, Overnight Denali Bluff Hotel, Stop in Wasilla for supplies/snacks
September 2nd - Drive to Takeetna for 10:30 am flightseeing tour K2 aviation - Mt. Mckinley Flyer - Toursaver. Afternoon drive to the park entrance, see some wildlife etc. Overnight Denali Bluff Hotel
September 3rd - Shuttle to Wonder Lake, hiking. Overnight Denali Bluff Hotel. Need suggestions on hikes there and other things to watch for.
September 4th - Shuttle to Wonder Lake, hiking, Denali Bluff Hotel
September 5th - Third day shuttle to Wonder Lake (not sure if it would be work spending the 3rd day) If not, drive to Fairbanks, Overnight Fairbanks - suggestions? Things/ACtivities to do????
September 6th - Day in Fairbanks, Drive to Delta Junction Overnight in Fairbanks or Delta Junction - suggestions? Things/Activities to do????
September 8th - Full day Columbia Glacier kayaking, Overnight Valdez - suggestions? www.anadyradventures.com
September 9th - Drive back to Anchorage - 8hrs, Overnight Anchorage - suggestions? Nice dinner - suggestions
September 10th - Spend the day in Anchorage - national heritage center, biking etc. or drive to Matanuska Glacier and do the Lion head rafting trip if we dont make it on the Six Mile Creek rafting trip. Drive to Anchorage and Fly out late night