Hello wonderful Alaska experts.
I've read and re-read your posts and suggestions and am now ready to ask for advice. (First time poster but I've also read your advice/warnings for newbies so hopefully will not make anyone wince)
I will be traveling to Alaska in mid-late July for appx 2 weeks with my husband, 3 kids (15, 11 and 11). We're pretty adventurous and are looking for a good mix of hiking, exploring, and enjoying the scenery and wildlife (will have a rental car). I would appreciate feedback on the tentative itinerary below before we move ahead with reservations -- is it doable? too much? We want to enjoy ourselves and not be exhausted at the end of the trip but don't want to waste much time or miss anything.
Day 1 - arrive in Anchorage, explore the area
Day 2 - drive to Talkeetna, hike Byer's Lake area
Day 3 - flightseeing trip in a.m., drive to Denali area
Day 4 - Denali - shuttle bus/hike
Day 5 - Denali - raft trip, hike
Day 6 - drive Denali - Gridwood. Lots of stops along the way
Day 7 - Gridwood - tram ride, hike, explore area
Day 8 - drive Turnagain Arm/Portage
Day 9 - Seward - hike Exit Glacier, Sealife Center
Day 10 - all day Aialik kayak trip (instead of the 9 hr wildlife cruise?)
Day 11- return to Anchorage
Day 12 - depart Anchorage
Please let me know if we're missing anything and/or whether this is a realistic itinerary. Thank you in advance for your help!