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We travelled by bus from Seward to Anchorage and the bus driver said it was deemed one of the best scenic routes in the US. I totally agree. Just awesome. You can see Beluga whales at some times when the tide is in. Also there...More
Cook inlet begins around Anchorage and ends in the Gulf of Alaska. It is a majestic body of water that is home to abundant sea life including the endangered beluga whale. We saw part of it again when we passed through Turnagain Arm. It is...More
The drive down the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet and the Inlet from Hope is stunningly beautiful. Great photo ops as you search for beluga whales and Dall sheep. We didn't see either, but we kept trying. Around every bend you find something spectacular.
Schedule your trip to follow the bore tide and pull over at Beluga, Bird, or Girdwood point to have a chance at seeing belugas once the tide comes into the Turnagain Arm. Make sure to go to when either the hooligan or coho are running,...More
We took a flightsee to Katmai National Park and flew over the Cook Inlet outbound and inbound. It's just gorgeous - we did have a sunny day and I'm sure that makes a difference. It's much bigger than I had imagined.
Driving up and down the Seward hwy, even in rainy, snowy, foggy weather, is still more beautiful than almost any other drive in the country. Beautiful views from the Chugach mountains across to Mt Susitna and Denali. Cross the inlet onto the Kenai and you've...More
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IMHO there's NOTHING like having a knowledgeable guide for any strange area! As a former fishing guide I can say that anyone who fished with me was 99% more likely to catch fish than someone who had never been there and... More
IMHO there's NOTHING like having a knowledgeable guide for any strange area! As a former fishing guide I can say that anyone who fished with me was 99% more likely to catch fish than someone who had never been there and didn't know what/how/where to fish; as a traveler I will say there's nothing like getting lost 'in the middle of an island' (Hawaii, 1978) because you just don't know what is where. Suffice to say - I hire a guide if fishing where or for what I've never fished, and hire a guide/host to 'see the sights' if I've never been there before.
And as the host to dozens of folks who have come to visit I know they wouldn't/couldn't get a part of the information, history, 'local flavor,' or experience without my input.
As inferred by my posting on the Cook Inlet (and many other Alaskan places and things), and my total thrill of sharing this incredible country with others, I've spent hours mixing and mingling with tourists pointing out and describing things they never would have seen or understood.
The best written description pales by comparison to the most rudimentary exchange with 'a guide.'
Now, for your focus on 'cheaper...' Is it 'cheaper' to come all the way to Alaska and not get the full experience? Again, IMHO, it's foolhardy to spend thousands of dollars to not see what it really there. Just seeing the Boretide, which occurs at a specific time during the tide, is worth it - missing it by even a few minutes is worse than 'the one that got away,' and failing to look up on the cliffs and see the sheep/goats as you drive by is shameful. "You shoulda been here..." is not what you want to hear.
I think they could both be considered to be on the Cook Inlet, but different parts. in Anchorage, you have views of it driving around, and at parks like Kincaid park and Earthquake Park. Driving South on the Seward Highway... More
I think they could both be considered to be on the Cook Inlet, but different parts. in Anchorage, you have views of it driving around, and at parks like Kincaid park and Earthquake Park. Driving South on the Seward Highway has great views. The road gets away from the water further down, but if you turn towards Homer, you get back to the water eventually. we saw a lot of American Bald Eagles at Archer Point and Ninilchik.