Hi TA users. My wife and I (both around 50 y.o.) are beginning to plan an Alaske Trip late this summer. So far we have the flight booked to and from Anchorage Sept. 8.- 29. The masterplan is to rent a RV and drive a round trip: Anchorage-Denali-Fairbanks-Tok-Kenai peninsula and back to Anchorage. My questions to this forum are:
1) Is the trip too ambitious for three weeks? I don't mind driving, but of course not for 6-8 hours every day.
2) Is it best to go clockwise or counter clockwise for this trip?
3) Is it okay to camp some nights in the nature - away from camp grounds? (is it legal and is it safe)
4) We like wildlife watching and would really like to "meet" the grizzly bear - and watch it catch salmons. Do you suggest taking a dedicated flight trip (and from where) to do so - or is there any place on our road that we might be able to catch this sight? I am aware that we are talking wild animals and it is a question of luck, but just to have the best odds.
5) If the only possibility to do "Bear viewing" is a flight trip - which off course is rather expensive, do you the suggest us to take this before we rent the RV - so we don't pay rent for the vehicle while we are out in the wilderness at some lodge?
6) We have a fourteen hours flight from Denmark to Anchorage. Do you suggest to stay in Anchorage for a few days to acclimatize - or just go straight to the RV rental and get out there? (we prefere nature from the city - but maybe one or two days in Anchorage is a must?)
7) Any other advice to first timers in Alaska - and first RV travellers?
I am aware that we probably can find the answers in some of the many, many threads in this forum, but nevertheless I would be really greatful if some of you would help.
Thanks a lot