We (2 couples with a 3-year old each) booked our tickets to Alaska for late August. We reach Anchorage on 26th August at midnight and will be staying that night in a hotel in Anchorage. Here is the itinerary that we came up with so far. Can you please help us figure out the questions below (inline with itinerary)?
Day 1 (Aug 27th)
- Drive to Seward
>> Ques: do you suggest any specific sight-seeing stops on the way?
- Stop at Girdwood for the Alyeska resort tram ride
>> Ques: do you think we can also visit the wildlife conservation center or will that be too many things for the day?
- Drive to Exit glacier
- Stay the night at Seward.
Day 2 (Aug 28th)
- Take the day cruise in Seward to watch whales and glaciers (thinking of taking the 6-hour tour with Kenai Fjords at 8am or 11:30am.
>> Ques: Any suggestions/tips for going on this boat tour with 2 little kids?
>> Ques: Is motion sickness really bad (for people who usually have it or for little kids)?
>> Ques: If weather is rainy that day (since it is late August), do you think we will still be able to see any wildlife?
- Stay the night in Seward
Day 3 (Aug 29th)
- Drive up to Denali.
>> Ques: Any specific stops that you can suggest? We are going to do a leisure drive and stop to admire the scenery (and also to let the preschoolers run around a bit)
>> Ques: how long does the drive usually take (maps says 4 hours, but wondering what the average is in real world, with scenic stops)?
- In the evening, maybe check out the sleddog tour at Huskey Homestead
- Stay in Denali
Day 4 (Aug 30th)
- Park shuttle tour in Denali that covers Mt. Mckinley.
>> Ques: Based on our research, it looks like shuttle bus might work better for us than tour bus as we can have a picnic with the kids (versus sitting in bus continuously). Do you think that's true?
>> Ques: We would like to see some wild life and admire the beauty of Denali and Mt Mckinley but we also understand the restrictions with kids. What are your suggestions for us at Denali?
- Stay back in Denali
Day 5 (Aug 31st):
- Head back from Denali
- Stop at Talkateena, maybe do a flight-seeing tour
>> Ques: Not all of us might do this, or maybe each couple will go separately as we can watch kids on the ground that way - we are not sure the kids would enjoy this tour. does that make sense?
>> Ques: Is there anything else we must do/see while in Talkateena?
- Stay in Anchorage
Day 6 (Sept 1st)
- Matunska Glacier
- Weekend market
- board the flight at midnight
>> Ques: Anything else that we are missing?
>> Ques: Can you please let me know your overall feedback on our itinerary as well?
Thanks in advance! These forums have been of invaluable help while planning the trip and coming up with this itinerary. I am hoping to use your feedback and making this trip really memorable for our families.