Hey everyone! My hubby & I are planning our trip to AK starting from around June 28th to July 6th. So approx. 8-9 nights total. We were debating between a cruise and land vacation, and we decided a land vacation might be more adventurous and fun for us! We're 25 & 26, so we figured we'd take advantage of our energy now :)
We've been trying to plan what we'd like to do, and our biggest priority is seeing wildlife and being out in nature.. we like to backpack and camp, so we figured staying a couple of nights in Denali would be perfect for us.
We'd really like to get as far off the beaten path as possible (without getting lost of course), so we were thinking Wonder Lake would be the best campground for us... now I've heard the mosquito comments, and I think we can bear that, but I'm wondering if we should plan to do 2 or 3 nights all at Wonder Lake? Or do people suggest we do 1 night at Savage or Tek, etc. and then another night at Wonder Lake??
Also, we originally thought of just doing 2 nights in Denali at the beginning of our trip so that we'll have plenty of days to travel south to Kenai, Seward, Homer, etc. But do you think 3 nights would be necessary to get our fill of Denali??
We plan to take our tent and backpacks on the flight with us, but may consider renting a stove once in AK, since taking ours on the plane may be tricky.
We could also use some help on day hiking in the park.. do people have any good hiking suggestions from Wonder Lake? Or would we need to hop on the bus and go east from WL to go hiking?
Thanks in advance for any advice!! Our trip is soon, and we know WL is going to start filling up fast, so we're trying to jump on this. We can't wait!