I am planning a trip to Alaska for my family in July, 2013. There are 4 of us (2 kids, both teenagers). We have 3 weeks at the most. I am considering several itineraries and would like feedback on this one:
Day 1- fly to Anchorage from Denver, rent car, spend the night
Day 2- Drive to Denali, maybe stay in Healy
Days 3-5- Shuttle into Delani, hiking, possible flightseeing
Days 6-7 Drive Denali Highway to Richardson Hwy, headed for Valdez. Stay one night somewhere along the way. Suggestions for that?
Day 8- in Valdez. Day hike, maybe see museum
--Question about the ferry. Do you see a lot of the glaciers in the Sound from the ferry? Or is a day cruise better for that purpose?
Day 10-15- in Seward. Kayak, day cruise to fjords, hike Harding Icefield Trail, relax
Day 16 Drive to Homer
Days 17-18- in Homer.
Day 19- Drive to Anchorage, spend the night
Day 20- Fly home
We are hoping to say in cabins with at least minimal kitchen facilities most of the time. Or B&B's. We could also camp, but would have to rent equipment, as we don't want to bring all of our gear with us on the plane.