'Alaska' just popped out of the blue last night at home & here I am trying to break my head over it. We(me & my better half) are not 'cruise people' & if we are lucky enough to do Alaska, it will definitely be 'fly & drive' unless there is any better option.
I did some very basic research & my only firm conclusion is 'too pricey'. But we are going to take the plunge.
Our basic idea would be to cover the central part of AK(leaving out the Inside passage). Ideally, we would fly from SF to Anchorage & back. We might rent a car there(expensive again) for a couple of days.
Anchorage, Denali(the Tundra tour), all the small towns, Kenai Fjords, a local glacier cruise(so as not to miss the Inside Passage effect). We would love to include Katmai, but is proving to be very expensive for us.
I have no other idea of what to see & what not to. Any tips on what all to see & how to save some money(anywhere possible), would be gratefully appreciated!! :-)
Also, when is Borrealis visible from Alaska? I would be on top of the world if I could see it.
We are of the hiking kind, but I can be paranoid when it comes to wildlife. Bears can give me nightmares, so camping is out of question.
I will be looking around for more threads around here, but any help is appreciated.
And yeah, this trip might even happen summer or early fall of 2007.