Initially I wanted to just bogart an old topic but wasn't sure if that would be OK or no, so here is a new topic (and I apologize if there is an original thread for this- I searched and searched and couldn't find a big thread).
Anyway, I only have 4 days of vacation to spare between a completion of work project and classes resuming. I know that is definitely not enough time to really explore AK, but I have future plans to come back in the winter when I'm finished with school. I've recruited 2 other ladies to join me (we're all in our mid-20s). We're willing to hostel and rent a car. We have a general idea of where we want to go but we're not sure if it's possible to do all these things. We like hiking, photography, and of course FOOD!
We haven't bought our plane tickets yet but we're looking at flights for 9/25-28 that would get us to Anchorage at 3pm and leave 11:59pm flight on the 28th. I did my research and know that this time is considered a "Shoulder month" so I know that there are a few activities that we can't participate because the websites list Sept 14 or 15 as their end dates.
A few questions-
1. Sunset - what time?
2. Possible to see Northern Lights during this time (if skies are clear and dark enough) in or around Anchorage?
3. Can I assume that fishing during this time is not doable?
4. How much is gas up there? (estimation)
6. Best places to enjoy delicious seafood, eskimo ice cream, and other "things you can only eat while in AK"?
Day 1- arrive 3pm, pick up rental car, see Anchorage, stay at hostel for 1 night
Day 2- up early and drive down to Seward, kenai fjord tour (website states the 11:30am departure tours run until 9/28) OR drive to Whittier and do the PWS 26 Glacier cruise (runs until 9/30). We're ok with either one so we want to get your opinions on which would be best. stay at hostel for the night.
Day 3- ????
Day 4- ????, return rental, flight departs 11:59pm