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Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:20 pm
by krafty81
I have always gotten great advice from this forum and I appreciate it.

Looking for family trip (four active adults) to AK. Looking for comfortable lodging, but maxing out adventures daily. Probably there for a week to 10 days.

Where to fly into from CA?
Best things to do?
Would like to see a glacier.

Thanks!

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:38 pm
by The Outsider
Fly into Anchorage, drive to Talkeetna, charter a flight seeing trip around Denali.

Go fishing and Bear watching in Katmai

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:07 pm
by kaneohe
Fly into Juneau. Mendenhall Glacier/tram to Mt. Roberts/charter boat fishing for salmon& halibut.
You can take a helicopter tour that lands on the glacier.
From Juneau fly/boat to Glacier Bay.......take boat tour of Glacier Bay/charter boat fishing for same.

If thinking about this yr, consider any COVID restrictions that may apply.......

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:15 pm
by Housedoc
We had a cruise and 10 day train ride booked for August. Everything got cancelled by the operators.
Research carefully.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:20 pm
by jysharma
Hi,
We are an active couple and here is a 10 day itinerary we did in 2013. One of my best vacations ever.

25th Take taxi to hotel.

26th Morning bike ride Tony Knowles Coastal Trail - open 8am
Pick up SUV from Avis Rental, 441 B Street, Anchorage & get supplies
midday drive from Anchorage to Seward slowly ... Portage and Alyeska
Iditarod Sled Tour 6pm - 90 minutes
Maybe Sealife Center in Seward - open till 9pm

27th seward, Major Marine Kenia Fjord Cruise full day - 10am to 5:30pm
Maybe Sealife Center in Seward - open till 9pm or just chill in cabin

28th exit glacier, 4 hour trek upto Meadows by park ranger 9:30am
drive from seward to anchorage and stop at Anchorage market & festival
stop by russian river campground to see bears in evening.
10am to 6pm. After dinner ... drive upto Palmer

29th independence mine and hatcher pass hiking all day or just relax in cabin
reed lakes hike ...

30th morning drive to talkeetna, talkeetna lake park hike (3miles easy)
morning flight of denali ... Talkeetna Air Taxi - 10:30am check in
Do hike at Denali State Park- Byers Lake Loop Trail
Drive up to Denali, collect tickets, do savage river loop trail

1st Denali, bus to wilderness and hikes (wonder lake shuttle)
(Horseshoe Lake Hike or McKinley Station Walk)
discovery hike ?? Ask at WAC for opening ... 7:45am !
2nd Denali, bus to wilderness and hikes (Eilson shuttle)
Eielson Alpine Hike (1000 ft/3 hrs)

3rd drive to tangle river inn, canoe the lakes, hike the gulcana glacier

4th drive to valdez ... hike up thompson pass .. worthington glacier
worthington glacier hike with pangean adventures 99$ 2:30pm
V 88.5MM touch the Alaska Pipeline

5th full day sea kayaking sloup glacier/columbia glacier

6th drive from valdez to anchorage via matanuska
MICA Guides Ice Trek (9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm)
or Nova Glacier Guides Ice Trek (9:30am, 2:30pm, 7pm)

We stayed in cabins and B&Bs mostly. DM for details.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:21 pm
by tibbitts
krafty81 wrote: Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:20 pm I have always gotten great advice from this forum and I appreciate it.

Looking for family trip (four active adults) to AK. Looking for comfortable lodging, but maxing out adventures daily. Probably there for a week to 10 days.

Where to fly into from CA?
Best things to do?
Would like to see a glacier.

Thanks!
My understanding is that a huge percentage of the Alaska tourism industry is simply not going to open up this year. If you want "adventures" that could be better or worse for you, but it won't be the experience you would have had in the past. I would be careful to avoid assumptions regarding anything, and not be surprised if there were some last-minute changes, since staffing may be problematic.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:51 pm
by Mapmaker
I’ve stayed at Mt. Alyeska Lodge three times. It is amazing. Lots of hiking right at the lodge. Easy drive to Whittier for the 26 Glacier Cruise. Also easy to get the Alaska RR into Seward from Girdwood. Be sure to spend at least one day in Homer.
http://www.alyeskaresort.com/

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:23 am
by InMyDreams
Housedoc wrote: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:15 pm Research carefully.
^ this. My AK family members tell me that AK requires that you either 1) COVID test before you get on the plane, or 2) COVID test on arrival, or 3) quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Requirements change rapidly, so keep on checking. Summer fishery workers have arrived, been tested, and found positive.

We had a blast on the glacier tour out of Whittier last year. One of the fellow passengers spoke highly of flying out to the river to watch the bears feed. Denali. Fishing. Boating tour out of Homer.

There's a train spur out of ??Portage to go to Spencer glacier. They drop you off, you hike around (bring your bear spray or hike with the ranger). Others get out and kayak back to a different pick up point. Anyway, you all wind up back on the train. If it runs this year.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:56 pm
by mbcruiser
kaneohe wrote: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:07 pm Fly into Juneau. Mendenhall Glacier/tram to Mt. Roberts/charter boat fishing for salmon& halibut.
You can take a helicopter tour that lands on the glacier.
From Juneau fly/boat to Glacier Bay.......take boat tour of Glacier Bay/charter boat fishing for same.

If thinking about this yr, consider any COVID restrictions that may apply.......

https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:46 pm
by Escapevelocity
We did a 9 day fly in vacation to Alaska in 2015. We rented an RV for my family of 5. I learned that August in Alaska is already Autumn; beautiful but chilly at night. September would be like November in the lower 48. I recommend going in June or July next year.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:18 pm
by trinc
AK is a BIG state, for that short of a stay i would focus on a specific region. i would start with Kenai Peninsula. If you want to head north, the Alaska RR to Denali is wonderful, or drive out hwy 1 ( NE ) to Glennallen, or a longer run east... try & get a room at Kennicott.

i should make public some of my AK travel pics.... i've seen a lot of it ! ( which probably relates to 5% :happy )

Tim

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:25 pm
by InMyDreams
Escapevelocity wrote: Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:46 pm We did a 9 day fly in vacation to Alaska in 2015. We rented an RV for my family of 5. I learned that August in Alaska is already Autumn; beautiful but chilly at night. September would be like November in the lower 48. I recommend going in June or July next year.
Agree - August, not September. My September experience was rainy/drizzly and gray. YMMV

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:32 am
by Escapevelocity
InMyDreams wrote: Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:25 pm
Escapevelocity wrote: Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:46 pm We did a 9 day fly in vacation to Alaska in 2015. We rented an RV for my family of 5. I learned that August in Alaska is already Autumn; beautiful but chilly at night. September would be like November in the lower 48. I recommend going in June or July next year.
Agree - August, not September. My September experience was rainy/drizzly and gray. YMMV
If you go in August, stick to the first half of the month. We went late August and we had to run the heater in the RV at night. It went into the 30s at night.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:36 pm
by fishnhunt
I used to live in Alaska. August is usually the rainy season, starts cooling off, and starts getting dark at night. Obviously this varies greatly depending on what part of the state you are visiting. Climate varies greatly from Fairbanks to the Kenai to the Southeast (where it is a rainforest). Only benefit to going in September is the number of tourists drop off significantly, most people coming in September are hunters.

I'd recommend flying into Anchorage in July and spending time in Seward and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Busy area but has glaciers, salt water fishing, river fishing, camping, hiking, and lots of stuff for tourists to do.

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:06 pm
by fishmonger
I can't speak to the COVID situation. But I went to Alaska in August of 2016. Flew into Anchorage, then spent the next week tooling around the Kenai Peninsula, basically 4 days each based out of Homer and Seward. If you want to fish for salmon or halibut, it's great timing. Also able to hit Kenai Fjords National Park, the Harding Icefield, Ididarod Trail, etc.

Both small towns are good home bases for adventure, no matter what you're into

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:18 pm
by van_sun_38
krafty81 wrote: Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:20 pm I have always gotten great advice from this forum and I appreciate it.

Looking for family trip (four active adults) to AK. Looking for comfortable lodging, but maxing out adventures daily. Probably there for a week to 10 days.

Where to fly into from CA?
Best things to do?
Would like to see a glacier.

Thanks!

Alaska is such an unique and beautiful state! I have been there many times and always want to come back. However, the current situation requires some research.

Starting June 6 at 12:01 a.m., travelers arriving from any other state or county have four choices:

1.) Complete a Traveler Declaration Form and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours to present upon arrival.

2.) Complete a Traveler Declaration Form and have a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival into the state of Alaska. Plan to self-quarantine until you receive negative test results.

3.) Complete a Traveler Declaration Form and self-quarantine for 14 days at your own expense or for the duration of your trip, whichever is shorter.

4.) Critical infrastructure workers may travel under the guidelines of their company’s workforce protective plan on file with the state of Alaska.

This will be in place until further notice. Learn more:

https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/

As far as traveling into, ANC is the best place to fly in. Once you are there, there are a lot of small tours/cruises you can choose from. With that said, I would do more research into what's allowed to operate in AK currently. :sharebeer

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:46 pm
by WoodSpinner
The Outsider wrote: Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:38 pm Fly into Anchorage, drive to Talkeetna, charter a flight seeing trip around Denali.

Go fishing and Bear watching in Katmai
Spend some one at one of the B&B at the end of the road in DENALi!

+1000 on the flight to seee Denali, find one that lands on the Ruth Glacier

WoodSpinner

Re: Trip to Alaska in August/Sep

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:35 pm
by krafty81
Alaska tour agency says they are pretty much open for business.