Hello tripadvisor friends! Hoping for some advice as I get started planning my first trip to Alaska. My wife and I (early 30s) are planning a 10 day trip during the last two weeks of May 2014. We will fly into Anchorage and, to see everything we'd like, it seems most appropriate to rent a car and are planning to do so (but if you feel otherwise, please feel free to share). I more or less followed one of the itineraries suggested in the travel brochure from TravelAlaska.com but I'm wondering if I'm over-doing it with the driving and should concentrate on more time in less places.
Day 1 - fly into Anchorage (arrive late) and spend the night there.
Day 2 - spend in/around Anchorage
Day 3 - drive to Seward, stay in Seward
Day 4 - Seward
Day 5 - drive to Kenai (maybe stop on the way?), stay in Kenai
Day 6 - Kenai
Day 7 - Drive to Homer, stay in Homer
Day 8 - Homer
Day 9 - Drive to Kenai, stay in Kenai
Day 10 - Drive from Kenai to Anchorage to catch a late flight home
I suppose one of my main concerns is whether I should spend the time to drive to Homer and back from Kenai vs. just cut that piece out of the trip and spend more time in Anchorage and Seward (or stop somewhere else either from Anc-Seward or Seward to Kenai). We are mostly looking forward to casual hiking and wildlife, if that sways the decision one way or another. The coast drive from Kenai to Homer looked pretty incredible but I'd be willing to forego if you think there's better options. Thank you so much in advance for taking the time and any suggestions!