(Closed) possibly Hawaii or Alaska??

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
14965 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never been to AK, but I’ve been to Hawaii 3 times.  On one, I spent 5 days in Ohau.  It was ok, we did the hanauma bay, polynesian culture center, north shore for some body surfing.  Second time, I went to Maui (Road to Hana, Haleakea sunrise), Big Island (Volcanos national park) and Oahu (this time just explore Waikiki and Pearl Harbor memorial) for 10 days.  Last time was to Kauai (Waimea canyon, snorkelling everywhere) and Big Island (a crater hike this time at the park, and green sand beach) for 10 days.  My favorite was definitely Kauai and Big Island for the adventure part, I did a lot of hiking and exploring.. which is awesome cause its free.  I think 9 days to just spend on one island is a very long time, unless you plan a lot of pool downtime.  I’d recommend looking into island hopping and splitting your time on 2 islands.  Check out the Ohau Revealed, and the entire Revealed series guide books, they’re awesome.

Post # 5
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it will depend on what kind of honeymoon you want.  If you want something relaxing where you spend lots of time lounging about – then I’d say Hawaii.  This might be nice after all the stress and craziness of the wedding. I haven’t been to Hawaii so I can’t offer any advice there though.

However, if adventure is what you want, then go to Alaska!  My fiancee and I spent 2.5 weeks there in September and had an absolutely amazing time.  We didn’t spend much time in Anchorage (we spent a few days in Haines, but the majority of our time we were mountaineering and backpacking), but I did do a lot of research on the area.  The hiking and backpacking in Denali is supposed to be amazing.  Though apparently there are not many marked trails (if there are any at all) so make sure you have a good map and know how to use it.  Also, no cars are allowed in the park, but they do provide a bus.  I’m not sure how adventurous you are, but you could do a 2-3 day mountaineering course, or spend a day learning to ice climb or rock climb (they all offer beginner classes if you’re new).  I would suggest getting a guidebook for local trails if you enjoy hiking.  I didn’t look into any white water rafting, but I’m sure there are some guiding companies around there.  You can also go sea kayaking!  Or glacier cruise (my parents did that and there photos were awesome).  There are glacier helicopter tours as well.  I also recommend doing a dog sledding tour if you like dogs and puppies.  The only down side to Alaska is are the bugs.  End of June and all of July, I’ve read, can get bad with flies and mosquitoes.  My parents went at the end of July and said they didn’t have any problems.  And as I mentioned, I went in September and there were zero bugs.

Post # 6
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve been to both HI and AK, which in my case means Maui and the Inside Passage. I felt that a week on Maui (or any island, really) was about 3 days too long. I’m not a lounge-on-the-beach person, and after we did the exciting things like hiking, sunrise on the volcano, sailing, etc. I felt rather trapped. Oahu may provide more entertainment than Maui, but if I’d advise really looking into the different activities and attractions that are available to you.

As for AK, if you’re going up to Denali, you’ll need to really consider when you’re traveling. The train can be very expensive in the high season — June and July — and hotels are limited. We did a Celebrity cruise of the Inside Passage, with an itinerary including Vancouver (port of departure & return), Juneau, Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier, and Icy Strait Point. We did a helicopter landing on a glacier, float plane over the Misty Fjords, and a lot of other adventurous things. It was a pricey trip, but absolutely worth every penny.

We plan to do the Denali & Glacier National Park trip in the next few years, but have to wait until the time off from work will happen. You can’t really go in the “off season” since the park is closed!

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