Where would you go from Valdez without a car ??.....We would need to know your itinerary to give you more helpful options......
Well my itinerary depends on my options :)
Right now I thought to begin by renting the car at Anchorage around Aug 22nd, drive to McCarthy, spend two and a half days in Wrangell-St.Elias national park and return it to Valdez, if possible, around noon Aug 26th, taking the afternoon (3:15 pm) ferry to Cordova.
Does that make any sense?Edited: 02 May 2013, 15:51
Then where do you go from Cordova without a car? Or are you going to fly out on Alaska Airlines. The road to McCarthy is not paved and once there you cannot drive around "town" Most of Wrangell-St Elias NP is wilderness with very little access to traffic. I would consider a flight to McCarthy from Chitina and shuttle for return (or other way around.
I'm fine with taking a shuttle from Chitina to the park if there's a car rental I could take from Anchorage to Valdez and wouldn't allow me on the McCarthy highway (although it would be better I guess if there was one that allowed it and save me the shuttle...).
But are there any agencies that I could do this with? or would I have to return the car to Anchorage?Edited: 02 May 2013, 16:24
Taking a car on the ferry is often expensive, especially during the summer - I don't think it would compare with just renting a car when you get to Cordova. I would surely compare.
I can't imagine there are any one way rental cars in Valdez.
What is your approximate itinerary? Did you settle or change that from your original post for help with that?
OK Thanks for the help.
Coalminer, I don't have an itinerary yet. I'm trying to make up one that would get me through Wrangell - St Elias NP, Cordova, Seward + Kenai Fjords, Resurrection Pass and Lost Lake trails, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Denali and end in Fairbanks. I'm also considering a visit to Palmer and the Alaska state fair. The dates are around Aug 18-19th and Sept 22nd. If you (or anybody) has any advice I'll be glad to hear it :)
I will reconsider visiting Cordova, I heard/read in a couple of places it is a special/unique atmosphere but nothing is set in stone...
Do realize that if you drop off the rental vehicle in a different city than you pick it up in (for example rent in Anchorage and drop in Fairbanks), you will incur a hefty one-way drop off fee. It might be worth it for you to consider a "loop" of sorts, where you go from Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks to Wrangell/St. Elias to Valdez then back to Anchorage, and go to the Kenai Peninsula before/after that loop. Cordova is a quirky little town that is difficult to get to (and they want to keep it that way, opposing a possible road to the town). But without easy access to the glacier, my feeling is you can better use your time in other places and save the time and cost of getting there and back. Personally I would spend more time in Wrangell/St. Elias or Denali NP if you like hiking.
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