We are going to AK from June 20-July 6 with a 3 yr old and 6 yr old. They travel well, but they are still kids so we have to be careful about how much we squeeze into a day. I've read lots of books and talked to friends and this is what we are thinking.
June 20 fly to Anchorage, stay 3 nights. I'm running the Mayors Marathon on the 22nd!
June 23 drive to Seward, stay 2 nights. Want to take a Kenai Fjords Cruise and go to AK Sealife Center.
June 25 drive to Homer, stay 2 nights. Want to take a bear watching trip to Katmai NP. Looking at Sasquatch Adv Co. Is this type of trip okay for kids?? It will be a huge cost, but sounds like it will be amazing. If time and weather permits, we would also want to do a wildlife cruise thru Bay Excursions.
June 27 drive to Anchorage, spend the night.
June 28 fly to Ketchikan, stay 2 nights. Possible activities include the SE AK Discovery Center, Lumberjack Show, Duck Boat Tour.
June 30 AMH ferry to Wrangell, arrive at 1:30 PM stay 1 night. Explore the town and totem poles and petroglyphs beach.
July 1 AMH ferry to Petersburg, arrive at 1PM stay 2 nights. Explore tide pools and sand beach. Whale watching tour if weather permits.
July 3 AMH ferry (with cabin) to Juneau, arrive 5PM, stay 3 nights. We would do the walking tour through downtown and enjoy July 4th activities. I want to hike Mendenhall Glacier. The kids may like the Salmon Hatchery and State Museum.
We will rent a car in Anchorage, but won't have a car in the Southeast except for Juneau. Does this itinerary sound good? We are making this a trip of our lifetime as we don't know if we will get back, so our budget is large. I'm very excited if you can't tell. Dates were largely based on the marathon and the ferry schedule. It was hard to get kid-friendly ferry departure times, but this worked. Ferry reservations are set as are hotels for everywhere except Anchorage and Juneau. I think I will look for a large hotel with indoor pool for those cities. The kids will love some swimming time.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.