We are just starting to investigate a family trip to Alaska for summer 2013. We are a family of four with two boys who will be 11 and 12 for this trip and we all enjoy hiking, kayaking and nature and wildlife viewing.
We were considering booking a 7 night small ship cruise which travels between Juneau and Ketchikan and would go into some of the smaller bays and coves including Tracy Arm, Wrangell and Misty Fjords. The cruise would include some hiking, glaciers and kayaking.
We're trying to decide what to include in the land portion of our trip which we would do before the cruise. We were considering flying to either Anchorage or Fairbanks, then travelling by rail or car (whichever is cheapest) to Denali for 3 or 4 nights, with maybe a night at Talkeetna. We are trying to decide if it is worthwhile to include a couple of nights in Seward before taking a ferry to Sitka for a short visit and then to Juneau to get our cruise.
Given the cruise part of our trip, is it worthwhile to plan for Seward and the Kenai Fjords?
If yes, then what's the best way to get to Seward from Anchorage? Any thoughts on car or rail between Fairbanks and Seward with stops in Denali and Anchorage?
I'd like to fit it all into a 10 night land portion although I'm starting to think a full two weeks might be worthwhile.
Any thoughts and experiences are welcome.
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