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Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

Maryville, Tennessee
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reviews: 82
Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

My wife and I are planning our first Alaska adventure and we always rely on the great folks here on TA for advice and suggestions. Trip is essentially the July 4th week.

Our focus is photography - We are 59/60 years of age and in good health and physical condition

Our preliminary early Itinerary plans

June 28th (Friday)

Arrive in Anchorage late evening - overnight motel stay

June 29th (Saturday)

Travel by rental vehicle to Soldotna (overnight stay)

Things to do or see along the way, or in Soldotna?

June 30th (Sunday) thru July 3rd (Wednesday)

Stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

Bear and bird photography

July 3rd (Wednesday)

Morning flight back to Soldotna - Pick up rental vehicle

Drive to Seward - 2 night stay in Seward

July 4th (Thursday)

Major Marine 7-1/2 hour Kenai Fjords cruise

Overnight stay in Seward

July 5th (Friday)

Open day - leisurely drive back to Anchorage

Suggestions on sites and things to see and do along the way

Alyeska Tramway?

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center? Other ideas?

July 6th (Saturday)

Leave from Anchorage airport - return home

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions

Edited: 9:39 am, December 08, 2012
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
posts: 7,825
reviews: 25
1. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

You're in for a real treat with several days at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.

Do you have any interest in fishing? Salmon and/or halibut should be available to you if you are.

On the drive to Soldotna, I would encourage you to stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (near the Portage Road turn off to Whittier). We enjoyed just taking our time, stopping for photos all along the Turnagain Road from Anchorage . . . all the way down to Soldotna.

Lots of people suggest a short detour to the town of Hope. I have never done it, but will on some future trip.

In Seward, be sure to take time for Exit Glacier. You may also be interested in the Alaska Sealife Center and Seavey's Ididaride Tours.

Be sure to read some of the trip reports from the past couple of years to learn more about these places . . . and others along the way :)

Edited: 9:51 am, December 08, 2012
Maryville, Tennessee
posts: 22
reviews: 82
2. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

Thanks Von - No real interest in fishing, but we never rule anything out. I appreciate the thought on visiting the AWCC on the way to Soldotna, also the Hope and Exit Glacier ideas. Much appreciated!

USA
Destination Expert
for Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve, Yellowstone National Park
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3. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

Tern Lake, which is at the intersection of the Seward & Sterling Hwy is a lovely stop with photo op.

Access parking lot to lakefrom Seward Hwy & exit lake parking lot to Sterling Hwy (your road to Soldotna)

http://tinyurl.com/mapternlake

Edited: 11:19 am, December 08, 2012
USA
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for Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve, Yellowstone National Park
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4. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

Lots of beautiful pull-outs along the Turnagain south of Anchorage:

Potter's Marsh for birds, salmon, potential for moose:

www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm…

Here is the Milepost for mileage number for Potter's & other stops listed below:

www.milepost.com/highway_info/seward_highway

McHugh Creek Picnic Area- beautiful waterfall right near parking lot

Beluga Pt scenic view

Girdwood cute little ski town

Turnagain Pass

Summit Lake

Portage Lake & glacier with easy trail of Blue Ice

Tern Lake

Have fun researching!

Edited: 11:29 am, December 08, 2012
USA
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for Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve, Yellowstone National Park
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5. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

On the Sterling Hwy there is beautiful Kenai River- what a shade of blue!

Russian River Falls easy hiking trail to watch salmon coming up falls.

If Kalifornsky Beach Road is re-opened after the fall wash-out which hopefully it will be it is a pretty drive near Soldotna.

Have fun planning!

Edited: 11:33 am, December 08, 2012
Maryville, Tennessee
posts: 22
reviews: 82
6. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

Thanks Denalicat!!!

Seattle, Washington
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7. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

In Seward you'll have plenty of company on the 4th - the Mount Marathon race is run annually on the 4th, and attracts thousands of people. (Only a few hundred actual competitors, but plenty of family members, advertisers, etc.,) not to mention a couple thousand pre- or post-cruise pax thronging the streets. If you don't already have accommodations booked, you're probably in trouble.

Frankly, given your priorities, I might consider reversing your schedule and hit Seward first, before the mobs.

Maryville, Tennessee
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reviews: 82
8. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

ibgardyloo - Thanks for the advice .... we booked our Seward rooms this afternoon (per your comment).

Turning our trip around doesn't work due to availability at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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reviews: 25
9. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

>>>Tern Lake, which is at the intersection of the Seward & Sterling Hwy is a lovely stop with photo op.<<<

Great suggested stop DC. I have a series of photos taken one summer about 24 hrs apart . . . one evening fully socked in with dense fog and the next, crystal clear and sunny.

>>>On the Sterling Hwy there is beautiful Kenai River- what a shade of blue!<<<

Mmmmm I must be thinking of a different river, as I only recall the turquoise, nearly green water of the Kenai River :) But yes, very beautiful for sure!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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reviews: 25
10. Re: Additional Itinerary Suggestions Welcomed

>>>No real interest in fishing, but we never rule anything out.<<<

You can also do fishing at SSCL. It was something we had wanted to do there but with just one night and the tide schedule, it didn't work out for us. With a few days, you should be able to do some if you are so inclined :)