I'm planning a 1 week trip to Alaska this summer - more specifically the end of June. We are a couple, arriving Anchorage on the night of June 20th and flying out the 28th night.
I've read so much about Alaska and have so many ideas, but I'm concerned I am trying to do too much, I want to pack as much fun into the trip as possible but I also don't want to ruin it by running a tight schedule. Reading through online forums and MIlepost, I tried to absorb as many tips and recommendations as I could. As for priorities go, we love hiking and enjoying nature in its every sense, but not that we would be doing a 20 miles hike everyday :-) I would very much appreciate your comments to the itinerary that I've prepared so far. Below is my initial itinerary for the week, please feel free to comment and suggest anything and everything.
Day 0 - Flight arrives at Anchorage by mid night, pick up a car.
Day 1 - Summer Solstice Festival (June 21) half day, and drive from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve by evening. (5 hour drive?)
Staying at a lodge 11 miles away from the entrance on Day 1, 2 and 3. Suggestions for things to do at night around?
Day 2, 3 - Hiking in Denali start early morning - Planning to take Wonder Lake Shuttle
Not very sure on which to take. Should we take different shuttles for different days? or look for hikes first and then check shuttles accordingly?
Day 4 - Leaving Denali in the morning and heading towards Seward stopping by the following:
Glenn highway -
Mile 87.6 Rock glaciers, Mile 91.7 Matanuska Glacier, Mile 101 Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Area (Edge Nature Trail to the glacier), Summit Lake State Recreation Site - Summit Lake trail
Seward highway -
A 48.1 Junction with Whittier/Portage Glacier Access Road 11.4 miles to Whittier
A 58.5 Turnagain Pass Recreation Area - hike, Beluga pass
Spending most of the day driving with stops in between.
Day 5 - Hike Exit Glacier /Harding ice field - 6-8 hours
Day 6 - Kenai Fjord day cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park - 6 hours
Day 7 - Caines Head State Recreation Area - Hike Caines head coastal trail and drive back to Anchorage to fly back.
Not sure how long this trail is going to take? Need to plan the day around low tide?
Staying overnight in Seward on 4th, 5th and 6th. Suggestions for things to do at night in Seward?
I also want to include hiking in Chugach if possible..Flattop trail hike seems like a pretty popular.
Realized that we're not spending any time in Anchorage. Any suggestions there?
Your suggestions, critics and recommendations will be more than welcome. Thank you very much in advance. :-)