Hey All -
I'm booking a trip for my family (wife, 2 pre-teen sons and I) for late June 2012. We're an athletic and adventurous family and we look forward to enjoying the outdoors and adventurous side of Ak. The rough trip plan is to fly into Anchorage, take rail to Talkeetna for 2 days, rail to Denali for 3 days at Camp Denali, flight seeing transfer back to Anchorage to pick up rental car, drive to seward for 2 days, homer for 2 days, girdwood for 2 days and then fly home.
I've been researching for a long time but I am generating nearly as many questions as answers. Some of my biggest questions are as follows:
1. Should I take the time to head down to homer. The primary goal out of homer is to do a bear trip. Is it worth going to homer or should I just do a bear trip from somewhere else?
2. I've read that ice climbing in Matanuska is very cool but I'm not sure how to fit it in. I've read we can do some Glacier hiking in Girdwood. Should I stretch for Matanuska? I'd have to massage my itinerary to make it happen.
3. Has anyone done the Helicopter glacier trip with guided glacier hiking in Denali? That's a big ticket item and we have a couple of other flights in our itinerary. I'm wondering whether we should glacier hike elsewhere and save some money by not taking a helicopter.
4. Is it worth the money to stay at Camp Denali? Seems spectacular but seriously expensive. The reviews on this site sure make it seem like I should stretch for it.
Have lots of other questions but I'll stop there and hope that the experienced travelers here can help!!
TimEdited: 08 January 2012, 17:51