Alaska is unlike most travel trips we go on. Typically, we travel to warm destination spots such as Belize, Costa Rica, Australia, or Thailand. Alaska was cold, wild, and scenic. Our trip had been more wonderful than we had expected, we will definitely be back! Our trip lasted 16 days including travel time. In this post you can see what we did each day, then click on a link to a post about that day if you want to see more (those will come with time). Hopefully this info will help you plan for your next trip to Alaska, give you ideas of what to do there, or just inspire you to go there one day.
Day 1. Fly from California to Seattle, WA. From there we rented a car with our friends and drove to Vancouver. Along the way we made a pit-stop for downtown Seattle. In Seattle we explored Pike’s Market and toured the gum wall. That night in Vancouver we stayed at an airbnb and tried Poutine for the first time.
Day 2. Explored Vancouver downtown and Vancouver Park, then boarded the afternoon cruise ship headed for Alaska!
Day 3. “Day at Sea”. Read here for info about cruising Alaska.
Day 4. Ketchikan, AK. We fished for salmon then went to see the totems.
Day 5. Hoonah, AK. Also the destination for Icy Straight Point. We went whale watching and saw humpbacks!
Day 6. Juneau, AK. The day we hiked on Mendenhall Glacier and tasted the purest water.
Day 7. Skagway, AK. We rented a jeep and drove across Canada’s border to the Yukon territory.
Day 8. Hubbard Glacier. We watched as ice as high as 30-stories above water crashed into the sea.
Day 9. Seward, AK. Kayaked around a glacier field, drove around town with a local, and later enjoyed live music by Blackwater Railroad — a local favorite.
Day 10. Took the very scenic train ride from Seward to Anchorage; it turned out to be more beautiful than expected.
Day 11. We rented a truck camper and drove to the Alaska Wild Conservation Center. The Center is a great place to see native animals up close.
Day 12. Camped in Healy, AK. We did a short hike in Denali and went to the visitor’s center where we discovered a potential relative of David’s is an important part of Denali’s foundation.
Day 13. White water rafting in Denali followed by a day hike on the Savage Alpine trail in Denali.
Day 14. Drove into Fairbanks. We did a dog tour and later stayed up late to watch the Aurora Borealis. This was my favorite day.
Day 15. Visited the Museum of the North and later a Reindeer Farm before we caught the midnight flight home.