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RummelTiger
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Alaska in June - Looking to Hit National Parks

Hello...

Anyone have any tips, itineraries, etc. for an Alaska trip?

We're thinking about trying to do a two-week trip and hit as many of the National Parks we can while there.

Of course, the requisite whale watching would have to be included, and I want a good earthquake while I'm there - no damage or injuries - but something that I can feel while having a cup of coffee to start the day.

Most all help is appreciated.



canyon critter
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You can only drive to 3 of the 8 parks in Alaska, so if your plan is to see as many as you can in 2 weeks, you may want to look into the charters to see the other 5.


RummelTiger
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You can only drive to 3 of the 8 parks in Alaska, so if your plan is to see as many as you can in 2 weeks, you may want to look into the charters to see the other 5.


Interesting...thanks for the info.


RogerTheShrubber
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Fly to Anchorage, take train or drive to Denali, drive to McCarthy (Wrangell St ELias) and drive to Seward (Kenai Fjords)

Will have to fly to the other parks. Glacier Bay is 50 miles from Juneau, but its a lot like Kenai Fjords.

Car rentals are a serious problem here. You can take the train from Anchorage to both Denali and Seward, but you'll miss out on stopping at some really cool places without a car. There are rail and day boat packages from Anchorage to Seward.



RummelTiger
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Thanks, Roger.

Do you have a vehicle I could borrow? lol


gaetti15
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quote:

I want a good earthquake while I'm there - no damage or injuries - but something that I can feel while having a cup of coffee to start the day.


Be careful with what you wish for I went through a 7.1 in Anchorage and it was like being woke up in my bed with a person trying to kill me

Had PTSD for a bit with the aftershocks


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BRich
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quote:

Fly to Anchorage,drive to Denali...and drive to Seward (Kenai Fjords)



This is what we did on a one-week visit in 2018. It was a lot of fun.

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Car rentals are a serious problem here.


They were back then, too. Luckily we found that renting a vehicle in downtown Anchorage was HALF the cost of renting one from the airport, and our Anchorage hotel had a shuttle service to/from the airport, so we got the good deal.


This was before all the COVID stuff, though, so it's probably even worse now.


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RogerTheShrubber
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Do you have a vehicle I could borrow? lol


I used to have a car in Anchorage but got rid of it two years ago.. I don't think my car in Juneau would be of much help up there..



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RogerTheShrubber
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the requisite whale watching would have to be included,


I've seen Humpbacks and Orcas every time I have been to Kenai Fjords out of Seward. It is on the outer coast so weather can cause the trip to be miserable.

If you do get to Southeast, Juneau is whale watching heaven. You can watch them from the road here at times. GLacier Bay is similar to Kenai Fjords, and is in protected waters (no rough seas).


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Globetrotter747
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Fly to Anchorage, take train or drive to Denali, drive to McCarthy (Wrangell St ELias) and drive to Seward (Kenai Fjords)

I would add that the McCarthy Road is mostly gravel and your rental car company may prohibit driving it. It’s also more remote than Denali and Seward.


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weagle99
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I am spending a week fishing on Kodiak Island in July. Camping out in tents on Kodiak one night. Am also planning to take a helicopter ride out to a glacier and walk around on the ice while I am there.
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RummelTiger
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Thanks for the help guys. Very much appreciated.



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NATidefan
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Little late, but here is our tentative plans for June.




1. (16th) Flyin to Anchorage
2. (17th) Drive towards Kenai. (Stops at Turnagain arm, Portage Lake, Tern Lake, Russian river (bears), Kenai (Caribou)
3. (18th) Anchorage to Glacier View (Independence mine,Manatuska evening glacier hike).
4. (19th) Glacier View to Chena Hot Springs. Gorgeous Drive. Costner Ice Cave. Chena (Ice museum at seven, hot springs after).
5. (20th) Chena to Denali. (Creamer's Field,, Fairbanks Museum, Healy Bus, Dog Kennels)
6. (21st) Denali (Bus tour)
7. (22nd) Denali (Drive in ourselves 15 miles, some river walks, then head on to Talkneeta for evening Denali flight.) Stay night in Talkneeta
8. (23rd) Talkneeta Denali Flight in morning if canceled day before then on to Seward. (Stop in anchorage? Potter Marsh* Portage Glacier? Exit Glacier hike? Russian River?)
9. (24th) Seward Full day Cruise to Northwestern Fjord
10. (25th) Seward Half day cruise to Aialik Bay. Drive to anchorage. (Exit Glacier?)
11. (26th) Fly out




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