3 nights in Anchorage Alaska - end of September
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2013 8:35 AM Last Post By: stopthebus
Aug 16, 2013 1:27 PM
3 nights in Anchorage Alaska - end of SeptemberI managed to book a great airfare (from the east coast of the US to Anchorage...for only $264 r/t) - I am only staying for 3 nights - yes I know, not enough - however I'm mainly doing this for the frequent flier miles, had I been able to actually plan this trip, I would have planned to stay much longer....that is what next year is for!
So for this trip, my first time to Alaska, do you have any suggestions? I don't really care about spending time in the city, seems like it would be better to get out of the city if the weather is ok. Looks like I missed Denali being open by 2 weeks, which is a shame. Right now I'm thinking of taking one of those glacier boat tours from Seward, since they seem to still be operating.
I do like hiking, but I'm traveling by myself, so hiking alone in AK does not seem smart to me, so will probably pass on that.
Anyway, in reality I only have 2 full days....suggestions?
Aug 16, 2013 2:21 PM
1So for this trip, my first time to Alaska, do you have any suggestions?
Come earlier in the season and stay longer.
Barring that, Girdwood or Seward would probably be your best bets. Both areas have good hiking and some of the nearby attractions should still be open. Late Sept. is a good time for trout fishing, so floating/fishing the Kenai would be possible.
Aug 16, 2013 3:25 PM
Aug 16, 2013 8:09 PM
Aug 17, 2013 3:29 PM
4I agree, a Kenai Fjords cruise on day 1 and the Harding Icefield trail on day 2. You can go on a guided hike up the Harding Icefield with a ranger on Saturdays at 9 am, recommended if you are solo. Plus the drive to Seward is beautiful and you can stop in Gridwood en route for a hike or Cooper Landing for a quick raft trip if time allows.
As Ian asked, post your flight times and I will give you an hour by hour itinerar to maximize enjoyment.
Aug 17, 2013 3:33 PM
Aug 20, 2013 8:07 PM
6I just came back from AK. Traveled alone and on a budget:)
Dont spend too much time in Anchorage. Too much pretty stuff right outside to stick around.
Agree with others. Go to seward but....TAKE THE RR!!
Spring for first class and travel gold star. You get domed windows, a tour guide all the way down and the views are breathtaking...yes, better than a car (I got a ride back so I can compare).
It was the highlight of my trip!
So For example
Day One (after a midnight arrival?)
Take the RR down to Seward: Cost: 134.00 (not cheap but worth EVERY penny if the weather is sunny). Train leaves at 6:45 am. You'll get into Seward at 11.
Hike in the afternoon. See if Exit Glacier Guides is stll running if you want something guided. You could go Glacier hiking or take the Harding Ice Fields trail up. As others have said, its popular so you wont be alone. At the end of your long day you'll be hungry. Self cater at your hostel or head out to a local place to eat.
Sleep in Seward. I stayed at the Moby Dick Hostel. Nothing fancy, but its only 25 a night for a dorm room and its central to all.
Day two: if you're set on a cruise, you can walk to either Kenai Fjords or Major Marine. I did MM. It was nice...but at 168- expensive. MAKE SURE you dont get sea sick. if you do, skip it. You can hike to the glacier and its just as cool. Other options: Kayak - there are half and full day tours. More hiking. Ask locals where they like to go.
Get a ride back to Anchorage. Bus leaves at 6:00 train leaves at 6:30. you'll be back in Anch. by 9ish.
Sleep in Anchorage.- I stayed at the Bent Prop in. 30 for a night. Clean, basic, and all you might need to rest up for last day:)
Last day: Option 1. Do a day trip from Anchorage...So much you could do depending on budget. Google search "day trips from Anchorage.
Option 2. Go to the airport in the am, rent a car, and do a long day trip. The best thing about it is, you can stay out all day and when you're done you go right back to the Airport. No down time:)
I did somethign similar on my last day in AK- Went to Coopers Landing, Hope and a few other small towns in the northern part of the Kenai peninsula. Just depends on your interests. Was the highlight of my trip.
I wrote a whole report on it here: Maybe that will give you some ideas. Good luck and enjoy! http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?newPost=true&messageID=20993824�
Aug 22, 2013 5:48 PM
Aug 24, 2013 8:35 AM
8Well, 8 pm arrival is a little late, so spend the night in Anchorage.
Next day, pick up a car as early as possible and head south to Seward with stops in Girdwood and Cooper Landing en route. With a good full day you can hike Winner Creek in Girdwood, take the Portage Glacier cruise, and raft the Kenai at Cooper Landing.
Day two, make the Sophie's choice of a cruise to Kenai Fjords or hiking the Harding Icefield. I would pick the latter if weather is good. Then drive back to Anchorage.
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