We are planning to visit Alaska next summer (June/July) and need your help planning. We have not purchased anything and we are on a budget. We are family of 4 with 6 & 14 boys (by next summer). Our interests are glaciers, watch marine life, midnight sun, scenic drives. Here is our tentative plan after reading another thread "Alaska in 9-10 days". We are on a budget.
Day 1 – Fly out of Portland, OR, to Anchorage, rent a car and overnight in Anchorage.
Day 2 – Explore Native Heritage Center, 1 hour trolley tour of city, overnight in Anchorage.
Day 3 – Drive to Seaward by 10:30am for Kenali Fjords 6 hours cruise, drive back and overnight in Anchorage.
Day 4 – Drive to Whitter with some stops on the way. Afternoon 26 Glacier Cruise, drive back and overnight in Anchorage.
Day 5 – Drive to Matanuska Glacier and hike on Glacier. Drive towards Denali National Park and overnight in Healy.
Day 6 – Shuttle to Eielson for 8 hours and overnight in Healy.
Day 7 – Drive to Fairbanks and do some activities (Museum/Pipeline Display/El Dorado Goldmine/Riverboat Discovery), overnight in Fairbanks
Day 8 – Drive back and overnight in Anchorage
Day 9 – Return the car and fly from Anchorage to Barrow and tour Point Barrow, swim/dip feet in Arctic Ocean and overnight in Barrow to see midnight sun.
Day 10 – Fly back home from Barrow to Portland, OR
A few questions:
Should we do both Whitter and Seaward Cruise? Or Just one?
How about Glacier Bay cruise in Gustava? If we do just one cruise, Glacier Bay vs. Whitter vs Seaward, which is best?
Should I plan more time in Denali NP? Skip Fairbanks?
Thanks in advance.