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Location: New York

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Anchorage

New York, Anchorage
New York, Anchorage
New York, Anchorage

Content: We took a non stop flight from New York. Its an 11 hours Flight. Alaska is a huge state, and Anchorage will be your starting out point for visiting Denali and Kenai Fjords.

Location: Anchorage

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Hotel Captain Cook

Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Hotel Captain Cook

Content: This hotel is wonderful, totally deserving of five stars. It has that traditional courtesy on the part of its staff that in my experience is getting harder and harder to find in hotels. The view from my room on the 16th floor had an amazing view of the Cook Inlet, with some extraordinary sunset vistas.

The Anchorage Museum

Anchorage, The Anchorage Museum
Anchorage, The Anchorage Museum
Anchorage, The Anchorage Museum
Anchorage, The Anchorage Museum

Content: The Anchorage Museum is a great start for kicking off your trip with an introduction to the history of Alaska. Post museum, get outside and appreciate how easy it is to enjoy nature within Anchorage city limits. Rent a bike downtown and pick up an Anchorage bike map. We biked along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail for more than 20 miles. We got to see our first moose while on the path, not a bad sighting for our first day in Alaska.

Lake Hood

Anchorage,  Lake Hood
Anchorage,  Lake Hood
Anchorage,  Lake Hood

Content: Make sure to go to Lake Hood. This lake has the greatest number of daily float plane landings or takeoffs of any lake in the world.

Flattop Mountain

Anchorage, Flattop Mountain
Anchorage, Flattop Mountain
Anchorage, Flattop Mountain
Anchorage, Flattop Mountain

Content: Hike 3,150 ft. Flattop Mountain just south of Anchorage for incredible views of the city. It was roughly a 3-mile hike that affords a dramatic city skyline..

Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria

Anchorage,  Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Anchorage,  Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Anchorage,  Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria

Content: If you plan a trip to Anchorage, you HAVE to make a point of eating at Moose's Tooth. Hands down the best pizza my wife and I have ever had in a long, long time. The atmosphere was great, the service was prompt, and the pizza was packed full of flavors. We ordered two pizzas for the two of us: we split a 14" (I think) between the Avalanche pizza and their chicken ranch pizza, and we ordered a 10" call of the wild. After we finished eating, we had maybe 4 slices left that we took for leftovers. My favorite was the Call of the Wild, my wife's was the Chicken Ranch.

Location: Anchorage

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Potter Bird Marsh

Anchorage, Potter Bird Marsh
Anchorage, Potter Bird Marsh
Anchorage, Potter Bird Marsh
Anchorage, Potter Bird Marsh

Content: If you didn’t learn on your first day, Alaska = wildlife. We spent the morning exploring Potter Bird Marsh, Keep an eye out for bald eagles

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Anchorage,  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Anchorage,  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Anchorage,  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Content: Afterward, we went to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, in Portage, which is totally worth a stop. They are a refuge center and take injured animals or young abandoned by their parents. They are also leading a massive initiative to breed bison and reenter the animals back into Alaskan wilderness areas. It was an informative and fun stop.

Homer

Anchorage,  Homer
Anchorage,  Homer
Anchorage,  Homer

Content: When you arrive in Homer, head to the “spit” a small sliver of land extending into the bay. This is as far south and west as the road goes in Alaska. If you are interested in ocean fishing at all, this is a place to do it. And don’t miss a stop in at the famous Salty Dog Saloon for a drink to celebrate your first day on the road.

Location: Homer

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Fat Olive's Restaurant

Homer,  Fat Olive's Restaurant

Content: Nice atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, and artisan food without the snobbish feel. Had cream cheese on pizza for the first time and it was life changing. The chicken alfredo, meatball/marinara/flatbread appetizer and 4 layer chocolate cake dessert didn't disappoint. Great place to eat that didn't feel like a tourist trap.

Aspen Suites Hotel Homer

Homer, Aspen Suites Hotel Homer
Homer, Aspen Suites Hotel Homer
Homer, Aspen Suites Hotel Homer

Content: Excellent hotel! It’s built new, everything is new, clean, new furniture, includes stove top, big refrigerator, great view of the mountains and ocean! Enjoyed staying here.

Location: Homer

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Seward

Homer,  Seward
Homer,  Seward
Homer,  Seward

Content: The Alaska Sealife Center in downtown Seward, AK is unique and interesting–if you are extremely interested in marine life they even offer “behind the scenes” tours.

Location: Seward

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Exit Glacier Area

 Seward, Exit Glacier Area
 Seward, Exit Glacier Area
 Seward, Exit Glacier Area
 Seward, Exit Glacier Area

Content: Exit Glacier Area is great for a quick hike. As you are driving into the park you’ll notice multiple signs with four-digit numbers on them. The numbers mark the location of Exit Glacier in previous years. It is fascinating to see how much the glacier has rescinded.

Exit Glacier Salmon Bake

 Seward, Exit Glacier Salmon Bake
 Seward, Exit Glacier Salmon Bake
 Seward, Exit Glacier Salmon Bake

Content: This place is a hidden little gem in Seward, don't spend all your money at the restaurants next to the harbor! The Salmon Bake is on the Exit Glacier road, not too far away from the other restaurants. A fantastic place for the family. Food is delicious, I recommend the steamed clams starter dish, it comes with an awesome sourdough bread loaf to dip in the butter sauce (it was amazing). The Captain's Seafood Platter is average - battered and deep fried fish was the majority of it. The 1/2 pound crab appetizer is only one leg, but it is truly half a pound and so yummy! Service was friendly and professional , the atmosphere is incredible! We also loved walking around outside after the meal.

Nauti Otter Hotel

 Seward,  Nauti Otter Hotel

Content: One of our favorite lodging nights was the Nauti Otter Hotel. They have hostel-style rooms as well as old renovated camper trailers and freestanding cabins.

Location: Seward

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

 Seward,  Explore Kenai Fjords National Park
 Seward,  Explore Kenai Fjords National Park
 Seward,  Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

Content: We took an 8-hour boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park to see sea life and the Ailiaki glacier up close. This glacier extends from the Harding Icefield. While up close, a portion of the glacier “calved” and water gushed out from under the ice of the glacier. It was a sight to see. They say this water forms the “lubricant” allowing the ice to move over the rocks beneath the ice. This icefield received 132 feet of snow last year! On the trip, we saw sea otters, sea lions, humpback whales, eagles, and several other birds that nest on the rock cliffs of several islands in the area.

Location: Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Matanuska glacier

	Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, Matanuska glacier
	Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, Matanuska glacier
	Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, Matanuska glacier
	Explore Kenai Fjords National Park, Matanuska glacier

Content: Don’t forget it doesn’t get dark until close to midnight so make the most of your time & make the 200-mile drive to Palmer, AK for glacier trekking. We stayed near the Matanuska glacier at an Airbnb.

Location: Matanuska Glacier

Day 5 - 5 Apr 2019

Glacier Trekking

Matanuska Glacier, Glacier Trekking
Matanuska Glacier, Glacier Trekking
Matanuska Glacier, Glacier Trekking
Matanuska Glacier, Glacier Trekking

Content: We started our 5th morning in Alaska, glacier trekking with MICA Guides. It was a neat experience trekking on the Matanuska Glacier. If I went back I’d opt to do their ice climbing expedition

Talkeetna

Matanuska Glacier,  Talkeetna
Matanuska Glacier,  Talkeetna
Matanuska Glacier,  Talkeetna
Matanuska Glacier,  Talkeetna

Content: Post-trip we headed on to Talkeetna, my favorite town on our entire Alaska road trip. This is the starting point for climbers headed to 20,400 foot summit of Mount McKinley (the tallest mountain in North America).

Location: Talkeetna

Day 5 - 5 Apr 2019

Denali National Park Visitor Center

Talkeetna, Denali National Park Visitor Center
Talkeetna, Denali National Park Visitor Center
Talkeetna, Denali National Park Visitor Center
Talkeetna, Denali National Park Visitor Center

Content: Don’t miss the Denali National Park Visitor Center in Talkeetna. they have a great video on the challenges of summiting Mount McKinley.

Town cemetery

Talkeetna, Town cemetery

Content: Visiting the town cemetery is a solemn experience to pay tribute to over 140 people who have perished while attempting to summit Mt. McKinley, as well as pilots, rescue personnel, and others.

Denali Brewing Company

Talkeetna, Denali Brewing Company
Talkeetna, Denali Brewing Company
Talkeetna, Denali Brewing Company

Content: This place is a gem offering solid brew! Most places specialize in a particular style and are weak in others- but Denali has solid offerings across the board. They also offer cocktails made with their own distilled drinks which is a great change of pace and flavor!

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Talkeetna, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Talkeetna, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Content: The location is beautiful!! And there’s a good view of Denali. Also there is a restaurant built in which is good and convenient. But honestly the rooms are a bit dated and the beds weren’t anything great.

Location: Talkeetna

Day 6 - 6 Apr 2019

Denali National Park

Talkeetna, Denali National Park
Talkeetna, Denali National Park
Talkeetna, Denali National Park
Talkeetna, Denali National Park

Content: To travel to Denali National Park, your motorcoach will head north from Talkeetna. This trip takes less than three hours and travels on the Parks Highway. The highway borders Denali State Park and offers wonderful views of the Talkeetna Mountains and the Alaska Range.

Location: Denali National Park

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Denali National Park Visitor Center

Denali National Park, Denali National Park Visitor Center
Denali National Park, Denali National Park Visitor Center
Denali National Park, Denali National Park Visitor Center

Content: The Denali Visitor’s Center is large and has various displays and stories, as well as a film on the national park.

Denali Kennels

Denali National Park, Denali Kennels
Denali National Park, Denali Kennels
Denali National Park, Denali Kennels

Content: Check out the dog sled demonstration at the Denali Kennels if you have time. It is really interesting to learn how the park operates during the winter with dogs. If you don’t have time to catch a demonstration, you can visit the kennels daily from 8am-5pm during the summer. Free buses leave the Denali Visitor Center 40 minutes prior to each demonstration since no parking is available at the kennels. You can also walk 1.5 miles from the Denali Visitor Center to the kennels.

Triple Lakes Trail

Denali National Park, Triple Lakes Trail
Denali National Park, Triple Lakes Trail
Denali National Park, Triple Lakes Trail

Content: Triple Lakes Trail is the longest trail in Denali National Park, it is just 9 miles. You can access the Triple Lakes Trail from either the Denali Visitor Center or off of HWY 3.

Mount Healy Trail

Denali National Park, Mount Healy Trail
Denali National Park, Mount Healy Trail
Denali National Park, Mount Healy Trail

Content: Another great hike is the 2.7 mile Mount Healy Trail, which gains 1,7000 feet, to a viewpoint part-way up Mount Healy. The trailhead can be found off the Taiga Trail, near the Denali Visitor Center.

Denali Hostel

Denali National Park, Denali Hostel
Denali National Park, Denali Hostel
Denali National Park, Denali Hostel

Content: Denali Hostel is 13 miles south of the Denali National Park entrance and was perfect for us. Our room was called, “Train Wreck” and consisted of two bunks beds in a co-ed room. It was a short walk to the bathrooms and “community house” area.

Location: Denali National Park

Day 8 - 8 Apr 2019

Kantishna

Denali National Park,  Kantishna
Denali National Park,  Kantishna
Denali National Park,  Kantishna

Content: We took the 13-hour bus tour (90.3 miles) to Kantishna, which is known as the “end of the road”. During the summer private vehicles can only access the first fifteen miles of the Denali Park Road and I knew I wanted to see more than that. The terrain was unique and varied. Mount Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, can be seen on clear days as early as mile 9. The park estimates that only 40% of those who visit Denali National Park have clear skies to see the mountain. We, unfortunately, were in the “60% club” and never got a totally clear glimpse of Mount McKinley. The tour also stopped at the Eielson Visitor Center (Mile 66) which, on clear days, offers amazing views of Denali and the Alaska Range.

49th State Brewery

Denali National Park, 49th State Brewery
Denali National Park, 49th State Brewery

Content: ust 8 miles north of Denali is a small town called Healy, which is worth the drive to go to 49th State Brewery for great food and the best microbrew I found in Alaska.

Location: Denali National Park

Day 9 - 9 Apr 2019

Horseshoe Lake

Denali National Park, Horseshoe Lake
Denali National Park, Horseshoe Lake
Denali National Park, Horseshoe Lake

Content: For the final day on our Alaska road trip itinerary, we got an early start and joined a ranger for a 3 mile guided walk to Horseshoe Lake. Then we said goodbye to Denali and hit the road for Anchorage.

Location: Wasilla

Day 9 - 9 Apr 2019

Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Headquarters

Wasilla, Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Headquarters
Wasilla, Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Headquarters
Wasilla, Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Headquarters

Content: We stretched our legs again in Wasilla to visit the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Headquarters. The famous race is a large part of the Alaskan culture. They have an 18-minute film on the race which has great footage about the 1,049-mile dogsled race and explains how they set up for it yearly.

Independence Gold Mine

Wasilla, Independence Gold Mine
Wasilla, Independence Gold Mine
Wasilla, Independence Gold Mine
Wasilla, Independence Gold Mine

Content: We also joined a guided tour of the abandoned Independence Gold Mine, just outside of Wasilla, which operated for only 4-5 years before the vein was depleted. It was neat to see the historical buildings left and learn about the area which through history has been home to 8 different gold mines, the last of which discontinued operations just 5 years ago. Getting to the mine is half the fun, you’ll have to travel down Hatcher Pass Road for an incredibly scenic 30-minute drive.