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1. Posted by jsonam (Budding Member 31 posts) 5y

anyone been to alaska? am planning to go there in aug/sept 2012 and just looking for some tips

2. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

I'd recommend that you fly into Anchorage and have an RV already reserved. It will give you the freedom to set your agenda once you are there instead of having to be at a certain spot at a certain time to get to your hotel reservation. Or camp, there are a million great spots to do that, obviously. The legendary mosquitos are for real, but they were really only on the drive from Anchorage to Denali. But they may be gone before you get there in Aug/Sept. You need to check into this, especially if you are camping. The great thing about having an RV is that you can literally pull over anywhere and spend the night, unlike down here it's legal in Alaska.

The Kenai Peninsula, just south of Anchorage, is really nice. We went down to Seward, then back up and down to the other end at Homer. I'd recommend doing both sides as they are very different. We also went north to Denali. The problem with Denali is the jewel is a view of Mt. Mckinley and it is only visable every 3rd day or whatever. I got cheap and didn't do it but if you have the extra money take a plane ride above the clouds so you can get a view. It was big bucks ($375) but I now regret not doing it as I'll never get another chance. The bus trip through Denali is very interesting but it's long, about 7 hours without going to the end, and by the 6th hour you are ready to get off that dusty road. But I'm glad we did it. On the way back there are interesting towns such as Talkeetna (spell?) that are off the path a bit but pretty cool.

We were told that Valdez is really pretty but we didn't have the time. The SE section, Juneau etc, is also beautiful. But it really is British Columbia North and we figured we'd go the Anchorage/Denali route as it is unique.

Oh yeah, pick up the book Mileposts. It is the Bible for those traveling in Alaska. And keep your eye on the gas gauge, there are a lot of spots where you are 100 miles between gas stations.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Aug-2011, at 05:59 by DaveinMD ]

3. Posted by jsonam (Budding Member 31 posts) 5y

thank you very much for all the info! i will definitely hire an rv~although i will be travelling alone! been anywhere near the stampede trail?

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5. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

No never saw the stampede trail, to be honest not even sure what it is. But if you are traveling alone you can get a small RV pretty cheaply. But I gotta say, a week of eating canned spaghetti sauce and hot dogs got old. At the end I simply had to have a "real meal".

Have fun.