My Dad and I (He's 60, I'm 25) are off to Alaska for two weeks at the start of March. We arrive in Anchorage on February 28th, are renting a 4x4, driving to Fairbanks, and then back down to depart Anchorage on March 15th.
We already have a fairly full itinerary, (husky mushing for three days in Fairbanks, skiing for two in Alyeska), but have a few days in Anchorage to kill, and I will be on my own in Talkeetna for a day (couldn't afford the helicoptor ride my Dad is getting!!).
Any suggestions for must see/do while we're there? Any vital tips? We're both fairly adventurous, and fairly fit.
I can't wait!
I took a trip through Alaska, Yukon and the NWT this summer and it was absolutely beautiful. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and it has more of the "downtown" feel than Fairbanks - even though my traditional standards it is quite small (you'll see practically everything in a day). In Anchorage make sure to go on a leisurely walking tour, there's lots of great restaurants and art galleries supporting local artists. Also, you can view inactive volcanoes from the waterfront of one of the parks, as well as visit an interactive Native museum while you are there.
If you have access to a car, I'd strongly recommend going to Portage for a day trip - it's about an hour drive from Anchorage. You can view the Portage glacier as well as icebergs, and then travel to Whittier, which is an old WW2 secret army base, that you get through by a tunnel in a mountain!!! There are also hiking trails and kayaking (but I'm not sure how feasible water sports are in March) Plus, Whittier has the best Halibut fish and chips I've ever tried, which should be enjoyed with an Alaskan beer.
Note - the tunnel is open every half hour, we found the accommodations in Whittier pretty expensive, so if you decide to see it I'd travel back to Anchorage for the night.
Enjoy your trip!
FYI- Talkeetna is really really small, you only need one day and one day only there. be sure to take a walk down by the river and check out the small cemetary dedicated to all the climbers who perished on the mountain.