We are a fit 50+ couple who will vacation the last two weeks of August and the first week of September 2014 in Alaska. Wife will be in Valdez for work September 3-7, with evenings free.
It will probably be our only trip, no children along. Interests are: wildlife and landscape photography, hiking, nature/parks, good food, historic native culture and local culture and art (ranging from eating at local diners to music to museum visits), quilting/textiles, and bicycle riding (husband, ideally around Valdez Sept 4-7).
We are not hunters/fishers, nor cruise ship travelers (though whale-watching and other boat trips would be welcome). Can hike 4-5 hours in easy/medium terrain.
Prefer local lodging to chains (mid to upscale, not necessarily luxury). We'd like to take at least one scenic train ride of one or more days. Can fly into anywhere, will fly out of Valdez. Prefer to stay at least 2 nights in each place if it makes sense to do so.
We know we cannot see everything - what SHOULD we see, in your opinion? Thank you so much for your advice!