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1. Posted by Satsuma (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

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Hi all, I'm new here. My husband and I love to travel and a couple years ago, we decided that life's too short and there were too many places we want to see. In the last two years, we took a road trip through Wyoming and Montana and visited yellowstone, went to Disneyworld with our children, and visited Branson, MO. This year, we're going to Alaska on June 3rd. I'm so excited, I can hardly think about anything else. It's a dream of ours to visit Alaksa and Austrailia. We both love nature and love things like wildlife and mountain ranges, etc. We live in Louisiana, so there aren't any mountains here but lots of wildlife. Anyway, that's a little about me. I'm looking for any travel tips for Alaska, anything I should know before I visit (besides how expensive everthing is, lol).


2. Posted by eazeliff (Full Member 23 posts) 13y

Hi - I'm new to this forum and not quite familiar with the buttons. I just sent you a
detailed message, which it seems was in the form of a private message. Be glad to
hear from you.l Eric

[ Edit: email address removed. :) ]

3. Posted by eazeliff (Full Member 23 posts) 13y

Oops! Being new to this, just read the rules and it says I'm not supposed to include my Email. Holly, you will find it in the private message. Do write me with any questions. Moderator, delete that previous reply!

4. Posted by Bonobo (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y

Hi Satsuma,

First thing to do when arriving in Alaska: buy "The Milepost". This is the bible for all Alaska and Yukon travellers and gives a mile by mile description of the highways, roads and things to see. The ads in The Milepost are helpful to find accomodations.


- Wrangell St.-Elias National Park. Visit of Kennicott Mines. Flight seeing trip of the Wrangell mountains.
- Take the Richardson Highway to Fairbanks. Views are great! Fairbanks is a good stop to do some shopping, laundry, etc...
- Take the bus trip into Denali National Park. We camped in Denali. If you like walking, you need map and compass skills as there are not a lot of hiking trails.
- Hatcher Pass. Great views, landscapes made me think of the Scottish Highlands.
- Glenn Highway with Matanuska Glacier
- Take the Richardson Highway to Valdez, one of the othr many sceic drives in Alaska.
- Not to miss in Valdez: take the boat trip with You anjoy a relaxed trip with great wildlife viewing and you end up at the Columbia glacier. A must-do activity when visiting Valdez.
- Sea kayaking in Valdez with take the trip to Shoup Glacier. What an experience!
- Visit Homer at beautiful Kachemak Bay. Rent a bike and visit the Homer Spit.

Alaska is great, you will be having a wonderful time up there! ;)



5. Posted by thefizz (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Sorry to hijack this thread but I would be grateful if anyone could advise on weather it is advisable to book Park and bus passes before going to Denali N.P. or can you purchase them on arrival?


6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I would get them in advance, but hat is just my opinion...Nothing worse than getting there only to find out "we're booked"! :(

7. Posted by thefizz (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Thanks CupCake, I think I will book just to be safe.