Something new for a change...
Our roadtrip series continue with some fresh territory to explore. My folks and I are heading to the interior of the great state of Alaska. On Tuesday evening, June 11th, 2013, we will fly to our hub in Anchorage and spend 8 days traversing the primary highways between the Arctic Circle and the southern coast. This will be my 49th state, with only Hawaii left standing. (Only took me 8 years to get there! Sheesh...)
This will be a little different than roadtrips past. I signed up for one of those cheesy vacation packages where they lump your hotel, car rental, and a bunch of attractions together and throw in a hefty discount. We were able to save quite a bit of cash and have all the arrangements done instead of having to do everything ourselves. It's also a good way to curb my "speed run" tendencies and avoid shoehorning in 37 different destinations every day like I usually do. Some people might feel that using a tour agency is cheating, but we're still using a vehicle to get around and we have the freedom to see other things, thus it still counts as a roadtrip!
Like usual, I'll be posting blogs on this thread whenever internet is available, with the obligatory conclusion/stats/pics at the end. Here's what's on deck for us:
Day 0 (Jun 11) - Travel Day, fly to Anchorage, AK
Day 1 (Jun 12) - Drive to Denali, white-water rafting event
Day 2 (Jun 13) - Denali National Park, tour the entire park road via bus
Day 3 (Jun 14) - Drive to Fairbanks, train ride, panning for gold
Day 4 (Jun 15) - Riverboat cruise, drive back to Denali
Day 5 (Jun 16) - Flightseeing tour of McKinley, land on glacier, drive back to Anchorage
Day 6 (Jun 17) - Take mountain tram, drive to Seward
Day 7 (Jun 18) - Kenai Fjords National Park, glacier cruise
Day 8 (Jun 19) - Sealife center in downtown Seward, drive back to Anchorage
Day 9 (Jun 20) - Travel day (taking 1:00am red-eye flight back home)
Even though a number of primary goals will be attained for this round, I'll still be missing Juneau, Barrow, Glacier Bay and the overall ALCAN highway. I'll definitely have to come back later to finish up my other targets.
Feel free to review past road trips if you feel so inclined: (Pics for all of these can be found in my RTA profile)
Roadtrip #1 - 48 States in 30 Days (offsite)
Roadtrip #2 - The Great West
Roadtrip #3 - The National Parks of Utah
Roadtrip #3A - San Francisco, CA and back
Roadtrip #3B - Cambria, CA and back (sorry, no journal for this one)
Roadtrip #4 - New Mexico and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Roadtrip #4A - Sedona, AZ and back
Roadtrip #5 - Washington, D.C. and the New England states
Roadtrip #6 - Victoria, BC and the Pacific Coast
Roadtrip #6A - The CA Mojave Desert and back
If you think there's anything we can squeeze in during our daily downtime, please feel free to let us know. Thanks for following!