Post # 17
@hisbunny: Just outside of Anchorage. And although I totally agree with you re the type of bear, time of year, etc., as a general rule, I try to discourage face-to-face interactions with wildlife for all tenderfoots. 🙂 But from the safety of a train/airplane? By all means!
I have actually been nose-to-nose (literally) with a curious brown bear cub while its momma watched. What happened between the time the bear approached, stood up on its back legs and attempted to put its front paws on my shoulders, to the time the momma grunted and the bear stepped back and skipped away (I swear it skipped, just like a child, but with 4 legs), is a total blur, as my life was flashing before my eyes. 😛
Post # 18
p.s. My *dances with bear* happened in Denali Park.
Post # 19
@Mrs.KMM: which cruise line did you use? we want to go as a group (hubs and a bunch of friends and family) prolly summer at next, and I’m trying to find the best cruise line for it
Post # 20
@MrsSl82be: We took a Carnival cruise primarily because the dates worked perfectly for us and the price was right. Many of the cruise lines that go to Alaska are a bit pricier. I didn’t think the ship quite compared to the the Royal Carribean ships I’d been on in the Carribean but it was still perfectly nice and offered a TON of different options for excursions.
Post # 21
@MissCosmopolitan: HAHAHA!! I agree! I would never go looking for a bear to have a picnic with. I am very appreciative of the far away encounters, but I was as scared as those bears the times that I ran into them!
If you go in the summer:
-Talkeetna is a cute little artsy town to visit with a day trip (about 150 miles N of Anchorage)
-Take the train from Anchorage to the Denali Park (where Mt McKinley is), super beautiful. http://alaskarailroad.com/
– go south from Anchorage to Seward (you can take the train, so beautiful), go on a day cruise there. Also, right outside of seward there is a dog sledding place where you can go on a dog sled tour, even in the summer. There is also a glacier (Exit Glacier) in Seward that you can go hike up too. Also, there is a sealife museum that is really neat to go too. http://www.alaskasealife.org/
– go to Homer and go on fishing charters, or stay in a B&B across the inlet. Homer would be a GREAT place to go, I found a B&B on a google maps search that looks like it has some great reviews. http://www.sadiecove.com/ (I googled Homer AK B&B)
Well I have to go, but I will think of more later… Hope this helps.
Post # 22
@hisbunny: Oh thanks, that’s great!! Which part are you from? Is it worth going in the winter? We are getting married in Feb D.V. but not sure if we should wait until summer or fall to go. We would like to do things like whale whatching (not sure what is the best time of year for that?) hiking, snowshoeing, maybe cross-country skiing.
Post # 23
@MissCosmopolitan: Yikes!!! We had some run-ins with black bears while camping this summer, they were going through people’s coolers and eating their food. They were quite scared of us though.
Post # 24
I went with my family several years ago and it was the best trip ever! We went in August and the weather wasn’t bad, mostly sweatshirt weather. We did a land/sea package through Princess and it was great because we got to see a lot of the coastal towns and nat. parks and then took a bus/train trip up to Fairbanks and got to see a lot of amazing sites.
I have to say taking a helicopter tour, landing on, and walking on a glacier is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
Post # 25
@PaperCrane: That would be amazing!
Post # 26
oohh…I’ve never been to Alaska but I think it would be a great honeymoon location!!!
I think the best time to go is when the sun is still out!
If it were me I would rent a “secluded” cabin and do lots of snuggling, hiking, skiing and seeing sites.
Would love to visit Alaska one day!
Post # 27
@Gerbera:That’s pretty much what we would like to do too 🙂
Post # 28
@kate169: I also thought about Young House Love immediately when I read this!
I think Alaska could be a very fun, romantic, and unique honeymoon. Everyone I’ve ever met who has lived there has been completely in love and in awe of Alaska.
Post # 29
I honeymooned in Alaska! We flew in to Anchorage and caught a float plane there that took us to a backcoutry cabin where we stayed for 2 nights. We then backpacked out of there, stayed at a B&B, and then took a bus up to Seward and stayed at a hostel for a few nights and toured/biked around the area. Then took the train to Spencer glacier where we backpacked and camped by the glacier for a night, then back to Anchorage. GREAT time! We went in July.
I have also been on a cruise using Norwegian and loved that too!
Post # 30
Yay Alaskans! I grew up in Fairbanks and would highly recommend the AK for a visit as long as you are outdoorsy and adventuresome… the main cone are how expensive it is to get there and the weather (summer in Denali National Park can be buggy … depends on the month). Let me know if anyone has questions!
Post # 31
Oh me and FH love Alaska! We can’t wait to go!