We are a party of 6 (2 adults, 2 seniors, 2 children ages 11, 12) visiting Alaska for the first time late August and early September for 10 days. We have a tentative schedule and some reservations already made but had a couple of specific questions. Appreciate any advice and clarifications.
We have a rental car already but heard many good things about the train ride specifically from Anchorage to Seward. The problem is the schedule for that ride is from 6:45am to 11 am. Due to other logistics, we won't make that so wondered if the views are just as good going from Seward to Anchorage. That route is from 6pm to 10:15pm. Sun sets at 9pm ish so I'm assuming scenery is visible for majority of the trip. Is that route worth the ride or should we change things around to do the Anchorage to Seward instead? Are any other train rides in Alaska just as scenic? Our tentative schedule is around Anchorage, Seward area ( flexible: Homer, Kenai, Whittier, Girdwood..etc) and then up to Denali ( again, flexible stops: Talkeetna and maybe even up to Fairbanks).
Another question is touring the fjord. I'm so confused at the number of ways we can tour. We are not very experienced on boats (never been on cruises..etc). 9, 7.5..etc hours on a boat seem really long, esp if one or more of us get seasick (despite taking the planned medication as precaution). I think I read that larger boats (for longer rides) will also not be as rocky so may minimize the seasickness. Are the shorter trips pretty much the same as the longer ones? We'd like to get the most bang out of the time. Prices are not much of an issue.
Thanks so much!