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Driving from Juneau to Denali

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Driving from Juneau to Denali

Hi experts,

BF and I are going to Juneau participating a program (sea kayaking, bear watching, camping) in Glacier Bay, Aug 15-25. We'd like to add one more week at the tailend, Aug 25 - Sep 1. We are thinking of renting a car to Denali. I realize it's nearly 800 miles and involves a ferry. A few questions:

(1) Is it reasonable to expect 2 days on the road? We don't want to rush. Like to enjoy the scenery along the way.

(2) Rental cars allowed on the ferry?

(3) If overnighting on the way, where to stay?

(4) Best place to stay in Denali?

First time to Alaska. Really appreciate your help!

Anchorage, Alaska
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41. Re: Driving from Juneau to Denali

"want to move to AK"...

Short story:

- wife & I were born & raised east coast of Canada

- spent a few years in downtown Boston doing graduate school & working

- spent 12 years on gulf coast of Florida (getting warm, fat, and lazy!)

- spent 4 years in AK

- spent 2 years in NM

- was only going to move one more time so....

- we're back in AK for good!!!

Given the opportunity/adventurous spirit/whatever, I highly endorse coming here to live. It's a fantastic way to experience AK.

*** WARNING *** Once you've lived here, it's awfully hard to return (for me, tolerate) to the "outside" (generally what the lower 48 is referred to as)

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42. Re: Driving from Juneau to Denali

Wow! Encouraging!

I certainly developed an AK fever during 3+ wk there. Been to HI a couple of times for total >8 wks. Developed a yearning but nothing compare to AK fever!

During the 3+ wks in AK, had 3-4 perfect weather days - sunny, warm, clear - during Denali visit. Understand now why it's such a previlege to be able to see MeKinly sharp and clear.

For the rest AK time, it's rain/fog/overcast/sun on/off, but did not bother me a bit. actually preferred not sunny/hot weather day for what we did - streneous hiking, kayaking, etc.

thanks all for your thoughts and encouragement! I am considering................

Healy, Alaska
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43. Re: Driving from Juneau to Denali

Well Crystal - depending on what type of job you need, Alaska may be a win win for you. AND just so you know, when winters are too much to bear, Hawaii is only a short flight away and often cheap! On Hawaii's off season, I have seen tickets from Anchorage to Honolulu for around $400 RT. You can have the best of both states! :)

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