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Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

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Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

We are planning on two weeks in Alaska next summer. What month is better June or July?

What itinerary would you recommend for our first time visit.

We love nature!!! Whatever is a must there.

Should we rent a car for two weeks or fly, or take a train., a cruise ?

We are planning to fly from San Francisco to Anchorage.

Thank you. I'd appreciate any input.

Edited: 20 May 2012, 04:22
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1. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

If you look under the Top Questions, you'll find a link to the 2011 Trip Reports. Reading thru the reports will give you some great ideas for itinerary that meets your interests and activity level. The trips really vary; some are cruises, some are cruises plus 3 to 7 days of land travel, some are 2 week road trips by RV or by car, some have multiple destinations to include travel by ferry, small plane, and charter boat. Lots of great ideas! And you'll also get some first hand recommendations on lodging, activities, excursions, etc.

I would also suggest that you borrow an Alaska travel book from your library and learn about the various destinations and what they each offer for sights and activities. If you're interested in a cruise there are travel books specific to Alaska cruises.

As for June or July ...... if you have specific interests like bear viewing, fishing, etc you need to learn about the peak periods of time for those activities at different locations and choose your vacation time to coincide.

Have fun planning!

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2. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

Thank you.

We are looking forward to planning the trip.

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3. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

Well of course include Denali National Park for your love of nature.

It's nice having a rental car to get to stay in Healy at a lodge or B&B there.

I suggest at least 2 reserved shuttle buses into the park, not the expensive tours. To get all the way to Wonder Lake one must come the later part of second week of June. You can get off the shuttles to hike, photograph, walk the road and wave down another shuttle.

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4. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

does budget allow for trip to Brooks Falls to see bears? If so, better salmon runs in July. google Rust's bear trips for calender

Do you have any interest in fishing? If so, salmon run times differ for different areas. Kings (biggest salmon) run in June but the ones that draw the bears out are mostly in July.

better prices in late August, early Sept after kids return to school

June is usually sunnier and the wildlife with young is lower in the valley in Denali but we like to go silver salmon fishing so most of our trips are late July

I would rent the car so you can explorea t your own pace. Do it now to get the best rates

here is a rough draft that you can fill in to suit yourself

Anchorage first night

3 nights Denali shuttles into park

drive to Fairbanks for 2 nights riverboat discovery, gold panning, Univ Alaska museum

overnight midway on drive from Faribanks to Valdez

2 nights Valdez, kayak, hike, fish, view wildlife, visit glacier

drive to Cooper Landing for 2 nights smoothwater float ride, hiking, visit Skilak Lake road for wildlife viewing

drive to Seward for 3 nights, glacier cruise, kayaking, fishing, hiking

back to Anchorage for late flight out

another option would be to skip Fairbanks and visit Homer while in the Kenai

glacier hiking

glacier flights

kayaking

hiking

your interests and budget will dictate the best trip for you

Edited: 21 May 2012, 03:31
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5. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

don't quite understand on what you mean rent car or fly. Perhaps a misquote as you are flying from SFO. We disagree on better prices in late August when kids return to school. The prices up here begin to drop mid-September. As for June or July, it could rain either month (we are not California). In fact two summers ago it set a record for rain in July

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6. Re: Two weeks in Alska in June (July?)

Pretty much all of June thru mid-July is one of my favorite times in Alaska. :)

Reverse your car about 11 months ahead for the best deal and keep reading and researching here to plan the best vacation. :)

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