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How to fill 1st July-12th July

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How to fill 1st July-12th July

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?)

6th July-ish-drive to Whittier and take ferry to Valdez.

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.

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1. Re: How to fill 1st July-12th July

Welcome to TA-AK, SBux!

In Seward, can you leave your RV at the kayak tour property & then spend the night in it when you come back from your kayak trip (which by the way should be remarkable!) The reason I ask is that is the 4th of July, a crowded time in Seward with the running of the Mt Marathon race.

Seward would also be a good place for a fishing charter, perhaps salmon/halibut combo.

Edited: 12:35 pm, May 05, 2012
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Another question(s) related to this visitor from the UK: What activities would be going on in Seward on July 4th besides the Mt Marathon race? Or other cities? Our Independence Day is often observed with parades, picnics, musical events, and fireworks! Where would be the best location for our visitors?

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Susan - Seward is known for having the biggest July 4th celebration in the state - most towns it is on a much smaller scale and fireworks are almost pointless - because it isn't dark enough to see them. We usually do them on New Year's instead.

SBux - what about Denali? I think this would be the place to see the wildlife/scenery you are hoping to see . . .

Edited: 1:00 pm, May 09, 2012
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4. Re: How to fill 1st July-12th July

More info on the 4th in Seward:


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