Friday, June 5, 2015

Destination Alaska

With summer coming, it's time to think about traveling. After all - why survive cancer if you don't take advantage of seeing the world? Victor and I love all reality shows Alaska related: Bush People, Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, and Bearing Sea. So it wasn't hard to pick Alaska as a possible destination. I've done a little research, and planned a 6 day trip exploring Southern Alaska between Anchorage and Seward... Here are my notes:

Anchorage - Girwood - Seward

Anchorage: Thurs - Fri (2) Nights (Grand Hotel $199 walking distance to train)

Thurs Day 1: Fly into Anchorage
Leave JFK 7:15 am - Arrive Anchorage 6:02 pm - Rental Car at Thrifty

Friday Day 2: Optional Day Trip

Sat Day 3:Girwood (1 hour scenic drive south)
Cow Creek Goldmine Panning Experience, Girwood ($20 per person) -  Dinner at Alyska Resort - Seven Glaciers Restaurant on top of the mountain

Alyska Resort
Cow Creek Mine
Late Afternoon: drive from Girwood to Seward  (1.5 hr scenic drive)

Seward AK
Seward: Sat - Tues (3) Nights (Windsong $259 per night)

Sun Day 4: Fishing and Glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park and Wildlife Refuge

Take a small 6 person boat for a day of sightseeing and fishing. Sightseeing includes Chiswell Islands and Aialik / Holgate Glacier areas. Fishing includes halibut, cod, black bass or salmon. Their goal is to have everyone catch their limit of halibut or salmon. Use "Captain Jack's" or "J Dock" to process fish for shipping home. Miller's Landing (note that rain does not cancel trip)

Monday Day 5: Alaska Sea Life Center, Seward ($20 per person); explore town

Underwater Viewing at Alaska Sea Life Center

Tues: Day 6
Drive back to Anchorage (2.5 scenic drive)
Leave Anchorage 8:50 pm arrive next day in JFK 10:35 am Wed

Flight: $1,400
Hotel: $918
Fishing Trip: $350 x 2 - $700
Gold Panning: $40
Seward Wildlife Center: $40
Seven Glaciers Restaurant (about $100 per person)
Car -Thrifty, PROMO AK15 - $360 unlimitted miles
TOTAL = $3658

Visiting Anchorage
Summer of Sharks at Sealife Center in Seward
Destination Girwood Itinerary
Alyeska Resort
Glacier Cruise Whittier (by Seaward)
Best of Kenai Fjords National Park
Miller's Landing Combo Sightseeing and Fishing
Alaska Base Packages -
Alaska Tour Groups

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