Post # 1
I’m a little overwhelmed with Alaska. It’s huge and there’s so many things I’d like to do, but I probably won’t have time. I think the most amount of time I can go would probably be 7-10 days.
I like hiking (and general outdoor activities), animals, mountains etc. I live in a city so I don’t care much for them, but if there’s something cool to see in Anchorage/Fairbanks, I’ll stop by.
What things/places do I just HAVE to go to? Denali is #1. But what else is there? What is the crem de la crem of Alaska?
Post # 3
Take a couple of days and drive to Homer or Seward. Seward is a faster drive from Anchorage. Are you going in the spring or summer?
Post # 5
I wanted to go see the cat that is the mayor of a city!
But didn’t. I say avoid spending too much time in the cities. Some are nice, but just not fun as a tourist. Most of the ones I visited were run-down, filled with depressed-looking people drunk at 8am, and covered in tourist shops with T-Shirts saying things like “if God wanted us to be vegetarians, He would have made broccoli more fun to shoot at”. Oh, gosh. Then again, my experience is biased because I visited the coast, so many of the cities I saw were old fishing ports no longer in operation, hence unemployment etc.
Mendenhall glacier is spectacular, of course. We took a nice little hike around there and it was lovely. We also took a trip across the border (partially because I live in Canada so I thought it would be cool), around where the gold miners came, and the scenery was absoltely stunning, and the stories about the gold rush add to that.
Enjoy! It’s such a beautiful country. And don’t forget an eye mask if you’re going in Summer. I couldn’t sleep for the first few days in the northern parts because the sun would set at 1am and rise 2-3 hours later.
Post # 6
Ok August should be nice. The thing about Alaska though it just assume the weather is going to be crappy. If you like to hike Mt Marathon in Seward is a blast! There are also Kenai Fjord boat tours that are fun. I’m a Sourdough and Denali is cool but I like coastal towns. Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world if you have time. It’s also a funky town. We call it the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea
Post # 7
“if God wanted us to be vegetarians, He would have made broccoli more fun to shoot at” <— I laughed for a minute straight at this. I’ve been to places like the one you’re describing and I can totoally see that being on a shirt.
Oh, and what you said about masks…Don’t they have curtains for that kinda thing?
Post # 8
@leporidae: I know, that quote is hilarious!
At one of the hotels I stayed at the curtains were pretty thin. So even if it’s only dim light in the room, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was 9am and time to get up! But you get used to it after a few nights.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve heard the Kenai Peninsula is awesome! Have never been to Alaska – it’s definitely on my bucket list.
Post # 10
With 7-10 days, I think you’ll need to focus on a few things you want to do, and pledge to come back later if you love it and want to go elsewhere. I would suggest something like this if you want to see as much as you can:
Day 1 – Fly into Anchorage and rent a car
Day 2 – Flightseeing (flying around in a little bush plane to see glaciers and wildlife from the sky) trip out of Lake Hood (world’s largest float plane base), overnight in Anchorage
Day 3 – Drive to Whittier for a glacier cruise, continue on to Seward for the night
Day 4 – See the Seward Sealife Center, continue on to Homer for the night
Day 5 – fishing charter in Homer
Day 6 – Drive from Homer to Denali (this is a long driving day)
Day 7 – Denali tours
Day 8 – Drive to Fairbanks, maybe do a riverboat tour
Day 9 – fly out of Fairbanks to go home
You could cut it down by ditching the Homer part, or stretch it out by stopping somewhere else between Homer and Denali. If you time it right, the state fair will be going on in Palmer, so you could hit that on the way north, or hike Hatcher Pass to pick some Blueberries.