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One of the things that we realize when we planned our trip to Alaska is that there was very little information about this remote place in the United States. We, therefore, hope that this guide to Alaska with our experience can provide advice and practical information for you to visit one of the most amazing places on the planet.
One thing to be clear when you travel to Alaska is that you should do it in summer (the recommended time) when there is the midnight sun. But that means you do not have time to sleep when you’re tired all day seeing the sights and things. What we must bear in mind is that there is the high season when many Americans catch their caravans and set sail for the north in summer. A good car or a motorhome is the best way to explore the remote Alaska. We decided to do it this way. There are not many companies offer campervan for hire so it’s good if you book in time. In this guide, I will tell you a little bit our budget that toured Alaska, some tips, itinerary and what we saw and did during our 18 days we were there.
18-day trip through Alaska, USA
This was the tour we did during the roadtrip to Alaska for 18 days.
– Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage for the night.
– Day 2: Collecting motorhome in Anchorage and exit to the north (night in Talkeetna).
– Day 3: Arrive at Denali National Park.
– Day 4: Denali National Park: excursion to Wonder Lake with the shuttle.
– Day 5: Denali National Park: interpretive center, demonstration dogsled and hiking.
– Day 6: Drive to the north (night in Fairbanks).
– Day 7: Thermal pools Chena Hot Springs (night there).
– Day 8: Visit gold mine in Fairbanks, stop at the home of Santa Claus arrival Paxon Lake for the night.
– Day 9: Drive to McCarthy (night field glacier Root).
– Day 10: Visit to the mining town and glacier Kenicott (night field glacier Root).
– Day 11: Departure by road through Glenallen and Anchorage with stops in the Matanuska glacier (night near Anchorage).
– Day 12: Heading south to Seward (Seward night).
– Day 13: Visit to Exit Glacier and walk around the town of Seward.
– Day 14: Excursion by boat from Seward Resurrection Bay -8 and a half hours (night in Seward).
– Day 15: Departure by road to Kenai, Nikiski visit and night in Cooper Landing (salmon fishing area).
– Day 16: Return to Anchorage (night there).
– Day 17: Visit to Anchorage.
– Day 18: End of the trip and return to Los Angeles
What to see in Alaska
If I had to define this land, it would be with pure nature , trekking, animals and outdoor life. Here is information on the four major areas we visited in Alaska :
Denali National Park
Denali NP is a must – see destination on any trip to Alaska, he can see some of the most spectacular scenery in the last border with Mount McKinley as the protagonist, the highest mountain in North America. And of course the possibility of seeing animals in the wild , such as moose, grizzly bear, wolf or caribou.
Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs
Leaving behind Denali, we headed north to the city of Fairbanks, famous for being the first attended by prospectors of this state and where we can visit the Gold Dredgue nº8 mine to know the extraction process and even try their luck with punt. Recommend a visit to the thermal pools of Chena Hot Springs , and out of the city to the south must stop at the home of Santa Claus .
McCarthy and Kenicott
We decided to skip the ban on driving rental company by the awful McCarthy road to get into the Wrangell-St National Park. Elias. It was a success because it was a unique experience to visit the abandoned mining town and Kennicot glacier , plus an unforgettable path where we met a black bear.
Seward and the Kenai Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula fishing village of Seward is the gateway to tour the Kenai Fjords National Park by boat and have the opportunity to spot marine animals as impressive as the gray whales or orcas, besides immense glaciers as the Aialik or accesibe but surprising Exit glacier .
Other places to see: things that we were outstanding
Much to see, in Alaska and logically, we had to mark on our route some places that we also would have loved to visit. We are sure to return someday to do many things that are outstanding. You should have in mind if you are editing your route. Here are some cool places:
- Prince William Sound: Valdez and Cordova, take a trip around the bay to see the glaciers and some trekking.
- Juneau: You can not be reached by road, only by boat or plane. They say it is the most beautiful city in Alaska, and is famous for its hiking trails.
- Tok : Village located on the road that goes into Canada and known as the capital of the dogsled.
- Magic Bus “Into the wild”: Getting to the bus to where wild animals lived Alex Supertramp is not easy, follow the Stampede Trail and route, we need three days and good weather conditions.
- Katmai PN: the ideal place to see in action the huge brown bears fishing for salmon (only be reached by plane) and visit the island of Kodiak.
- Barrow: The place in northern Alaska in the Arctic Circle is where the Inupiat Eskimos great community sits.
- Auroras: The inconvenience of going to Alaska in summer is that logically you could not see them by the midnight sun. A good excuse to return.
- Cruise several days: This option is only suitable for good deep pockets, and is a great way to get to places that are impossible to reach by land.
Some extra tips
- Beware the fuel tank. Calculate distances and fill whenever necessary.
- When hiking trips must be careful with the bears, we stumbled upon a fairly close (imagine the shock), but to avoid it is advisable not to make noise. Important not to take food or leave the view at night outside the vehicle.
- Take repellent mosquito to Denali, especially in Wonder Lake. It’s unbearable!
- Book well in advance to sleep in any of the campsites in Denali.
If you have any experience you have or questions about your trip to Alaska, leave a comment! Find out more adventures on theadventurelog.com