I'll be traveling with 2 friends (ages: 36-45), flying into Anchorage Fri, 6/22, and out via cruise on Fri, 6/29 (Seward>Vancouver), and am looking for input for daytime activities prior to cruise. We will have a rental car (until last day), are all fairly fit and active, and on a budget other than a few splurges. Here's what we've planned so far and questions.
-Fri night (arriving late), staying in Eagle Vista
-Sat: drive Old Glenn Hwy to Palmer. Activity recommendations for that day? Side trip to Eklutna Lake for hike or paddle? Or hike somewhere else along the way?
-Sun: drive to Glacier View and back to Palmer. Is there a way to hike at Mantanuska Glacier that doesn't require booking a tour?
-Mon: drive to Willow for flightseeing, stay in Talkeetna that night. Any suggestions for around Willow/Talkeetna? Lynx Lake canoe? River float trip?
-Tues-Wed: Denali park, stay in Healy Tues, back to Anchorage Wed night. Thinking of shuttle bus to Eielson with hiking along the way on Tues and Triple Lakes hike Wed. Since driving back to Anchorage Wed, was thinking of parking car at Denali Village in morning, shuttle back to visitor center and hike Triple Lake back to car. Will that work? Is there a charge for the shuttle from Village to park?
-Fri: fjord/wildlife cruise then board cruise ship.
Happy to hear any insights you have to offer.