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Itinerary help south Alaska

by Zvonok »

We are planning a trip to Alaska for next summer and need help with some details. This is the plan as of today:

Arriving to Anchorage and driving to Alyaska, staying 2 nights in Alyaska with day cruise from Whittier.

3 nights in Seward with hiking, fishing, and visiting Exit Glacier.

Driving to Cooper Landing, spending few hours there, driving to Anchorage.

Two nights in Anchorage, after second night am train to Denali park.


We also would like to see Homer, but it is almost 6 hrs 1 way. Is Homer worth driving that much to spend 1 night there and to drive back the next day in expense of cutting short our stay in Seward? Is plan we have good and we will have many different things to see and different experiences around Seward and Cooper Landing? 

We are going to Denali park by train and coming back by train... That is kind of expensive and inconvenient on the way back. There is no car rental in Denali.  We are not trying to save money, but rather try to get the best experience.

Any other suggestions regarding itinerary, transportation, sightseeing are greatly appreciated!


Pauline Frommer

RE: Itinerary help south Alaska

by Pauline Frommer »

The Kenai Peninsula is just gorgeous and the drive to Homer is one of the most beautiful in the United States. The town itself, too, has far more charm than Seward. That being said, there are a greater variety of outdoor adventures leaving from Seward than there are from Juneau (which is primarily a fishing destination). So a lot depends on your interests. Homer has better food, cute galleries and great natural beauty. Seward is an ugly town and one that gets more swamped with cruise ship passengers, but it has extraordinary nature sights right at its doorstep. And you'll do less driving that way.

As for Denali: I'd suggest renting a car in Anchorage and using it rather than the train. You'll get to Denali MUCH faster that way, and though there are shuttles in the town that abuts the park, that get you around and to the park, they're not all that convenient. With your own set of wheels, you won't get trapped on the rather honky tonk main strip of town. I'd also say: give Denali more than one day. You want to do that so that you can sign up for one of the extraordinary ranger-led hikes within the park. These are VERY limited, as the tundra is easily damaged, so they usually sell out the day before the hike leaves. That's why you'll want to get there one day ahead. If you don't, you'll spend most of your visit simply sitting on the park bus that trundels through the park.

You're going to love Alaska: an extraordinary place. And though it sounds hokey, the sled dog experience in Seward is actually quite fascinating and lots of fun.


RE: Itinerary help south Alaska

by billiv »

I agree--rent a car.  It is a long drive, but easy.  Pretty much impossible to get lost, and traffic is not an issue.  Some interesting stops along the way.