We are in the early stages of planning an approximately 10-day trip to Alaska during the summer of 2015. Most likely, we will travel late June or in the month of July. Family consists of myself and husband (40s) and 2 teen sons, ages 17 and 14. We want to enjoy the natural beauty of the state, see wildlife, and spend time together as a family. Current plan is to fly into/out of Anchorage and to have a rental vehicle the entire trip.
I'd like some input on the overall itinerary I'm putting together. Is it reasonable? Is there a better way to route the trip? Am I overlooking something? Any thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Day 1: Fly to Anchorage. Arrive mid-afternoon. Pick up rental vehicle.
Maybe drive to Girdwood and check into condo (2 nights)
Day 2: Drive to Whittier. PWS Cruise. Return to Girdwood.
Day 3: Maybe ride the aerial tram? Visit Animal Wildlife Conservation Center.
Drive to Seward. (Spend 3 nights in Seward.)
Day 4/5: 2 full days here. Hope to do one of the cruises, kayak, Exit Glacier & Sea Life Center.
Day 6: Depart Seward and make 7 hr drive to Denali/Healy area. (2 nights)
Day 7: Husky Homestead Tour & Rafting Trip.
Day 8: Denali Bus Tour. Plan to do green shuttle bus.
Day 9: Drive to Fairbanks. Likely do the gold dredge/riverboat cruise if time permits both.
May do the salmon bake and Palace Theater at Pioneer Park. (1 night in Fairbanks)
Day 10: Depart Fairbanks - maybe see Auto Museum before leaving. Drive 7 hrs to Anchorage.
Day 11: Return flight home. If flight departs late in the day, may bike the Tony Knowles trail.
OR see the Alaska Native Heritage Center.