Trying to come up with a summer vacation that will appeal to teenage boys (14 & 17), one of the options they "approve" of is a "road trip to someplace cool, like Alaska."
I lived in Anchorage as a teen, and would love to take my boys there. I read all the posts on planning an Alaska trip from earlier this spring (thanks for the archives!), and am encouraged that it might actually end up being something that will make for a memorable experience for all of us.
One idea I had was for us to drive from SLC to Anchorage via the Alaska Highway, then putter around in the general area for a few days (again, many wonderful suggestions from the earlier thread), then take the Southcentral Alaska Ferry from Whittier to Valdez, connect with the Cross Gulf Ferry from Valdez to Juneau, and then take the Southeast Alaska Ferry from Juneau down to Bellingham, Washington. From there, we'd drive back to Salt Lake City.
Has anyone done this? Is it realistic? We'd probably end up staying the night in Juneau, but this route would give us the best of both worlds - the fabulous drive through the interior, and the boat-trip through the Inside Passage.