We (two adults) are traveling to Alaska for the first time from May 10-17th and don't know whether to try to go to both the Kenai Peninsula and Denali, or to concentrate just on Whittier/Seward/Homer.
Our itinerary is:
May 10: Arrive in Anchorage
May 11: Drive to Seward, with stops along the way
May 12: Kenai Fjords boat tour
May 13: Sightsee on the way back up to Anchorage; sleep in Anchorage
May 14: Drive to Denali
May 15: Denali Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour (goes to Mile 30; 5-7 hours); only this shortened tour is available
May 16: Sightsee back down to Anchorage area
May 17th: Anchorage museums/environs and leave on red-eye
My questions are: With only the shortened Tundra Wilderness Tour available (Mile 30) is it worth the time to go to Denali? The road will still be open to private vehicles, but we will be in a rental car and are told we can't drive on the unpaved Park Road. If we didn't go up to Denali, we would spend the time down on the Kenai Peninsula exploring more of the coastal areas and add a scenic drive north/east to Talkeetna, Eklutna Lake, etc. for a small sense of the interior.
Thank you very much for any advice!