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15 Days in Alaska

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Author: Lonnie
Date of Trip: June 2016

We started out going north after flying into Anchorage. We stayed 3 days at a B & B close to Trapper Creek. The view of Denali was wonderful. The host was great and the lodging was 2nd to none.

The trip up to Denali I’ve always found to be disappointing, as most days it’s cloudy and/or rainy in the summer. Then we ventured over to Glenallen for a couple days. Again to a B & B and the host/lodging were great. The day we chose to Valdez was our worst of the 15 days for weather. Very foggy and cloudy so we didn’t see much. The we drove down to Moose Pass for two days. The lodging was adequate; clean and spacious with good views, but it ends there.

Drove up to Hope and then to Cooper Landing for rafting and had a wonderful time. Oh, ate at Gwin’s. A great old roadstop. Then down to Homer for 3 great days. The best views in the world when you stay at a B & B on the mountain overlooking glaciers, the spit and bay. The ferried over to Seldovia for one nite. The best day of the 15. We saw whales, birds, otters and the B & B there was the best ever. Money well spent. Then back to Moose Pass to be centrally located close to Seward, Whittier and Girdwood. Took the tram up the mountain at Girdwood; then to Whittier and finally to Seward. Now the bad news. I’ve been to Alaska now 6 times and the last time I went to Whittier; took in the train back in the 90s. Now, you’re herded into town via the train tracks converted to auto use. A complete waste of $13. It is so crowded and so little to do; why waste your time going there.

Lastly; the tour buses. Thousands of people are herded up and down from Fairbanks to Seward each day like sheep, hardly seeing anything but trees. From the dozens of people I’ve talked to about seeing Alaska; don’t do it. They don’t see wildlife like roadtripping. My advice; rent a vehicle or drive all the way up. On our trip, we saw lots of moose, caribou and even a porcupine, along with all the sea life and birds.

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