hi everyone - I need your help! my husband and I are planning a trip for next summer with our baby who will be 1.5 at that time. i have been reading these forums for help (which i always do before any big trip!), but this time i am pretty overwhelmed by all of the choices. i am hoping for some advice!
here is what I know: we will go sometime between may and august (not sure what is best in terms of wildlife, crowds, etc) for about 2 weeks. we love to hike (but will have the baby, so the hikes can't be too hard to do with a baby carrier), we love wildlife (hoping to photograph bears and whales and more), we love scenery (hoping to see icebergs/glaciers - maybe on a day trip or a longer cruise). we love adventure, but again, this is now a bit harder now that we need to keep the baby safe! we aren't crazy about spending much time in cities, unless they are very unique, but we do love small towns that show a place's character.
we used to camp, but with the baby, we probably need hotels or other more predictable lodging (hopefully unique and not mass market). we have never used tour groups, but i am beginning to wonder if it would be easier this way. we can drive, use trains, or fly as recommended. medium budget - we want to save where we can, but we don't want to miss out on an experience of a lifetime due to money. all in all, we do like to cram in a lot of experiences, but not so much that we are constantly running from one place to the next.
so where or where should i begin? i don't even know where to start the trip! i hope that seasoned Alaska travelers can offer some help. I appreciate your time.