I am 31, going to Alaska from Florida for the first time May 15 - 21. I travel a lot, but I've never been in snow! I am traveling solo and would like any suggestions as to creating my itinerary. It looks like one way or another, a lot of driving will be done. I will have a rental car.
For every trip, I like to bring back at least one picture or video to get a reaction: Wow's that's awesome, wow's that's crazy, wow you're crazy Joey. Things I've done like that in the past were taking a private helicopter and landing in the Grand Canyon, jumping off the tallest building in Vegas, taking an open door helicopter over active volcanoes in Hawaii, etc. Those, of course, were a little pricey but so worth it. What would be the equivalent of this in Alaska? Private Kayaking tour? Landing on a glaciar? Would taking a small plane be suggested or risky? From what I understand, there are a lot of plane accidents in Alaska because of the weather. I actually had a good family friend die in a private plane crash near Denali. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I've read a lot of posts here, so I don't want to ask the same questions, but I guess my questions are more geared towards what's best to do in the middle of May. I understand that its' not the same as going in June-August. Any help filling in an itinerary for May would be awesome. My priorities are (in order): Taking a one-day cruise tour to watch some glaciar calving, doing something "crazy" as described above, hiking on a glaciar without killing myself, seeing sea wildlife (posssibly taking a tour), maybe land wildlife and just sight seeing and taking great pictures in general. I'm not into fishing at all. I'd love to see the Northern lights, but it seems like May is not a good month for that.
Here's what I have so far:
Day 0, Wednesday, May 15
Arrive in Anchorage at 7 p.m.
Day 1, Thursday, May 16
Day 2, Friday, May 17
Day in Seward? Activities? Kenai Fjords tour? Climb exit Glacier?
Day 3, Saturday, May 18
Day 4, Sunday, May 19
Day 5, Monday, May 20
Day 6, Tuesday, May 21
Leave Anchorage at 8:30 p.m.
A different "flavor" each day is what I like to do. None of the above is firm, but let me know if it's a good start or if I should start up north of Anchorage to Denali or start south of Anchorage to Whittier and Seward. Thanks in advance!