Really enjoy this forum as I have spent weeks going thru most of the topics while researching a trip to Alaska. I hope my questions aren't redundant,, but really value the input of folks that have been to Alaska.
To summarize, my wife and I are arriving in Seward at 6 AM on July 6 after a 7 day cruise on HAL. We plan on spending 4 days in Denali starting on Monday July 7 to Friday July 11.
My initial plan after getting off of the boat, was to take a sightseeing bus from Seward to Anchorage, arriving around noon. We would then rent a car and spend the day/night (Sunday) in Anchorage. Monday AM we would then drive to Denali where we would like to stay at a B&B until Friday AM, July 11. We have a 4 PM flight out of Anchorage to head back home. So I believe that will leave us enough time to make the drive back to the airport and all.
A couple of questions....After reading about Seward and the Kenai cruises, would it be better to stay in Seward and take one of the cruises vs staying in Anchorage? Or as a possibility, take one of the six hour cruises, then take the 6 PM train to Anchorage? My main concern is getting the rental car and making the drive to Denali. I know it is about a 5 hour drive from Anchorage to Denali, and about a 3 hour drive from Seward to Anchorage. Is it feasible to leave Seward Monday AM, get to Anchorage and pick up the rental to drive to Denali?
Also, we are looking at two B&B's and would like some recommendations if anyone has stayed at either. We are looking at Lakeview Inn in Healy and Denali Touch of Wilderness in Healy. Both are away from the touristy stuff apparently and both are priced about the same. I know that Lakeview has the nice views of Lake Otto.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks