I have spent a lot of time reading this site and several books while planning my trip to Alaska and would LOVE some input about our plans! My husband I (both in late 20s) will be in Alaska from August 12-21st of 2010. We want to see and experiance as much as possible (don't have any interest in fishing). We hope to do as much tent camping as possible. I pretty much have most of it planned, but kinda stuck in a few places. Any imput or advice would be greatly appreciated! I should mention, we are trying to not spend a lot of money. Thanks!
August 12th - Arrive in Anchorge at 6pm. (still trying to figure out best place to spend the night). Do some Grocery Shopping and preparing for Denali.
August 13th - Walking or taxi (depending on where we stay) to take Denali Star train to Denali. Arrive in Denali at 3:45 and staying at Salmon Bake. Taking 2 hour rafting trip.
August 14th - 10am - Check in at Riley Mercantile Creek to stay at Teklanika camground. Catch 11am shuttle to campground. Explore area around campground.
August 15th - Take shuttle bus to Wonderlake. Stopping at Eielson (interested in Wildflower tour) to explore along with any other place we find interesting.
August 16th - Shower at Mercantile and catch train back to Anchorage (arriving at 8pm) Sleep in Anchorage at a hotel/hostel (not sure where yet)
August 17th - Rent a car and head towards Seward stopping in Girdwood to look around. Possibly stopping in Whittier to kayak in Prince William Sound (does anyone have any advice about this)? We would like to do a 2 or 3 hr kayak trip.
Continue to Seward. Hike to Exit Glacier. Go to Seward and sleep in either Miller's Landing or Sewards's Waterfront Park. I thought it best to make reservations at Millers landing incase the Waterfront Park in full b/c we are going during the Derby. Anyone have any other suggestions on where to stay?
August 18th - Take Kenai Fjords Tours boat cruise (the 9 hr one that goes to Fox Island for lunch)
August 19th - Hike to Harding Ice Field, visit Sea Life Center, and take a 6pm 3 hr. kayak trip with Sunny Cove in Ressurection Bay.
August 20th - Travel to Homer / Homer Spit. Kayak to Elephant's Rock with True North.
Now this is where I get REALLY confused. Should we sleep in Homer or continue to Kanai Lake or skip it?
August 21st - Open to any suggestions. Our flight leaves Anchorage at 9pm.
Is there anything anyone suggests I change/add? Any help would be most appreciative. I have spent a lot of time researching, but would appreciate any help!