We will happily welcome any advice that is budget minded in trying to plan our itinerary for a family of 5.
We have 2 seniors (1 can do all activities us soon to be 50 year olds can do) and 1 14 year old. Our mother in law will sit out all rafting/kayacking trips due to afraid of water, so that leaves 2 couples (father in law can pair up with 14 year old, and hubbie & wife). I must add that we are all strictly non-smokers, and are very clean and responsible.
As 5 of us are going to Alaska, please provide any information of a budget minded way of visiting, staying and eating (lots of good salmon will be welcome) rental car(s), cabins and some B&Bs. We are looking at the first few weeks of August, 2007 for our travel dates & would love to visit:
Denali (at least 3 nights) do white water rafting.
Kayacking where ever it's good for beginner/intermediate levels
Delicious salmon bakes with music (top 2 would help)
A beautiful glacier
Homer and area is a must
Easy to moderate 1 - 2 - 3 hour hikes with a park ranger
local ferry system could work well into our schedule.
Kennel tour of sled dogs
We have no one who will be fishing.
Uncrowded areas for activies will be favored!
small interpretive boat rides with 25 or under passengers preferred.
If anything needs advance booking, please let us know.
and anything else that you would recommend & rate as YOUR top 10 (off the beaten path is a plus).
We would love to try to keep it under $900.00 per person for the 10 days.
ANY Links to the place would help very much!
We love guided white water rafting with dry suits.
Love a few good salmon bakes.
Love mountains, open spaces, stunning views. Animals would be fun to see. We do have time to stay in lovely places (like Denali) and are planning at least 3 nights.
Budget B&Bs with the best food and accomodations for the lowest budget prices -
Any cabins were we get 2 double beds and a sofa would be excellent if it's budget minded.
Rental car agencies (we'll be cruising into Ankorage/Whittier).
Any shuttles recommended? Value buses?
Our car will need to be a mini van with large windows or a large SUV. We'll need ideas where to get groceries, etc.
A few places where locals go along the route would be great. Ideas on prices will be a tremendous help. Why you like what you are recommending would be appreiciated. You can email us directly at: email@example.com .
Thank you very, very kindly! We would love to hear from coalminer as we enjoyed reading posts thus far and suggestions! Thanks so much & everyone please write :)