We just got back late last night, and agree that it was a most awesome trip and loved every bit of it!! Out travels were more down south of Anchorage although we did drive as far north as Taleetna, to take a flightseeing tour of Denali. The weather caused that to be cancelled, but we still enjoyed the drive up. We went to Hatcher Pass to see Independence Mine, the visitor center was still closed, but it was fantastic anyway. The scenery was not to be missed! Also drove up to Matanuska Glacier. That was another beatiful scenic drive, on the way back we saw the dall sheep up on the hills, and right next to the highway, a mama moose was having dinner. I could have stayed and watched her eat for hours! We went to Eklutna cemetery, it was closed when we were there, but was still nice, the graves and churches were interesting, and we enjoyed it. That is one place that the mosquitos were really bad! Also at the same exit, other side of highway, was Thunderbird Falls, we hiked up to see it. It was very nice, only about a mile or so, but the beginning was very steep!! On the way back down, some people wondered if it was worth it, we had already seen numerous falls which were better, but still it was a very nice walk. The mosquitos were bad there too. But our favorites were hiking up to Exit Glacier, it was beautiful, so neat to be so close to it, and you were up high enough and it was clear so you had a great scenic view all around. We loved it and highly recommend it. Also, we did the Iditaride dog visit, was okay, but not great like I expected. The ALaska Sealife center in Seward was great, should definitely go there. We took the NW cruise, was supposed to be 9 hours, got cut to about 5 because of the weather. We didn't go out to see the glaciers, but saw plenty of wildlife and it was excellent. Also we ate at Ray's and the food was perfect! We ate at Resurrection Roadhouse one night, and should have eaten at Ray's again instead! But it was okay. We drove to Whittier, took a glacier cruise and it was fab, the greatest thing ever!! It was very cold and rainy, so make sure you take a raincoat and hat, and dress in layers in case you get too warm, we didn't but we were there end of May. Anyway, we got right up close to this glacier and sat there for a good 30-45 minutes. We got to watch it calve and it was so amazing!! The noise it makes is also unbelievable, it was the best thing!! And we also saw wildlife on the cruise. Almost everywhere we went we saw eagles in the tops of the trees. We saw the bore tide also, it wasn't huge, but very interesting, it was neat to sit and watch the water swirling out beforehand. The views all along Seward highway were unbelievable. We had a lunch at Chair 5 in Girdwood and it was excellent. We stayed at Hawthorne Suites in Anchorage and it was nice, with wireless connection. You should know Minnesota turns into L street. We stayed at Harborview in Seward, nice also, but you can't use the phone for long distance, and no computer service and no fridge. We stayed at Grand View in Wasilla and it was nice, with connection.
Everyone we met in Alaska was friendly and helpful, and everything we did was great, everything we saw was great, loved it all!!! Thanks to all you posters who helped us plan!! There is so much more, we are going to put our pics on a website and will post that here. If anyone has a question, ask away!!