Hi Alaska enthusiasts!
I Would love your input/suggestions on our trip July 22-Aug 7. Details:
- active family of 4, children ages 15(girl) and 9 (boy)
-some prior Alaska experience; we did a 7 day cruise in the southeast when I was pregnant with my son. I also visited years before that and backpacked overnight in Denali (without children).
-fly in to Anchorage at 2:30 PM, depart Anchorage 1:30 PM
-have an existing car rental reservation for entire trip
- we prefer to spend 2-4 nights in lodging with a kitchen at most destinations
- we have a general game plan: down to Homer then back up to Denali (and maybe Fairbanks before returning to Anchorage) with some lodging reserved already
-all plans are negotiable except the flight. The listed activities below are just things we are interested in and need PRUNING.
Ideas so far
Day 1 Anchorage: museum, Far North Bicentennial park short hike (no lodging yet), waterfront walk
Day 2 Drive to Seward with long stop in Girdwood: Crow Creek pan gold,Winner Creek hike to hand tram (heard it might shut down), aerial tram from Alyeska Ski Resort; Wildlife CC
Finish drive to Seward for a 3 night reservation (Sauerdough).
Day 3 Seward: Fjords tour (6+ hours), town exploration
Day 4 Seward : marine aquarium, Exit Glacier (short hike)
Day 5 Drive to Homer (stop suggestions?) Cottage lodging reserved for 4 nights. Explore town.
Day 6 Homer: Kayak or water taxi (island hike), Explore town. Suggestions?
Day 7 Homer: hike or fish, beach/park time
Day 8 Homer: lazy, spontaneous day. Suggestions?
Day 9 Drive day (up to Willow 5.5 hours) Rest stop suggestions? Lodging at Dream a Dream B&B (not yet reserved)
Day 10 AM Iditarod presentation and husky led ride. Afternoon drive to Denali area with stop near Cooper: short hike to view Salmon jumping at Russian River Falls. PM Arrival Denali Mountain Hostel & Cabins for 3 nights (already reserved but dates can be adjusted)
Day 11 Drive to Denali for early shuttle to Eeilson or Wonder Lake (for view if clear): visitor center, ranger or other short trail walk (Thoro Mountain...) Sable Pass Closure Road walk?
Day 12 ATV or Discovery Hikes or raft trip?
Day 13 Depart Denali for: Fairbanks?: Steamship, Museum, Creamer's Field hike, Chena River hike. Arctic Circle bus trip (Day 14)?
OR skip Fairbanks and head over to Matunuska Glacier: State Rec Area & the Park for hiking
and a relaxing B&B (Day 14)
Day 15 Drive day to Anchorage, more sightseeing. Suggestions? No lodging yet.
Day 16 Depart Anchorage
Big question: Is there a creative way to put a 1 way gold star train ride in there somewhere, preferably the Seward coastal leg? Could one adult drive the rental car ahead and return via ? Or one adult drives and skips the train. Is it worth the effort?
Also, where would be a good place to put in a flight seeing trip. Do you have suggestions on reputable companies for this.
Again, this is very preliminary. Please feel free to make many suggestions.