We are coming to Alaska from the UK (9 hours' jet-lag-ugh!), arriving in Anchorage late on Saturday 30th June. Our flight home leaves on the morning of Friday 13th July, so we have to be in Anchorage on the night of 12th July.
We want an outdoorsy trip, big on getting out into the wilds, not just looking at it. We think we should rent a small camper van to enable overnight accommodation to be flexible. We have yet to set an itinerary, but it could look something like this:
1st July-drive to Seward. Take our time to get there.
2-4th July kayaking in Kenai Fjords with 2 night's camping (have identified a reputable kayak company who can do this for us);
5th July-possibly day's Glacier hike. (or should we have a shorter kayak trip?)
6/7 July-drive to Chitina and then up into Wrangell St -Elias to McCarthy (we are aware there may be issues about hire vehicles taking the dirt road and may need to get up into the park by other means).
7th and 8th July possibly stay in McCarthy and explore Kennicott, hike and take in the Glacier.
9th-11th July a rafting trip down to Chitina-again, we have found a trip which looks good.
11-12th July-head back to Anchorage.
The questions are these really:
-Where within or near that circuit could we best view or encounter bears? Or should we head somewhere else entirely?
-Where would it be best to fit in some fishing-sea or river?
-I think we either stay an extra couple of nights in Seward and take in a glacier hike there and have a shorter trip to McCarthy, or vice versa, thereby freeing up some time for other stuff, what would you recommend? McCarthy and Wrangell St-Elias does look fascinating from a historical point of view and speaking for myself I think it would be a highlight of the trip.