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What To Do In Anchorage & Wasilla  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1409 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

Hi guys,

So, my neighbors to the.... North?.... yeah, that's you, the Americans living in Alaska.

This month, I have a few work related meetings in Wasilla, then it's off for about a week of vacation. Why not combine both work and play, considering my boss is paying the airfare out there?
I will be in Anchorage and Wasilla, but I wouldn't mind traveling to other places, should the price be right. I'm not exactly willing to spend a fortune.

Some of the things I was thinking:

1. Snowboarding (though, I live 2 km down the road from the slopes, here in Vancouver, BC)
2. Maybe take a flight to some remote place & fish (some sort of organized tour)
3. Boat trip
4. Plane spotting for a day at ANC (is it worth it?)
5. Maybe a dog sled adventure?

I want to do something that is "Alaskan" and you can't say "drink"... cause drinking is a go pretty much everywhere.

Thanks guys,

Vio

P.S. I will have a car available, so I could drive somewhere. That's also a nice option.


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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4454 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
cause drinking is a go pretty much everywhere.

Not if you're trying to party in Iran!

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

Maybe picket Sarah Palin's house in Wasilla ?  Big grin

Although it would depend on your political orientation I suppose.



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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Hike Mount McKinley...or at least the foothills.




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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

You cna ask Sarah to write out the check for the $$$ she tried to swindle the taxpayers of Alaska during the campaign.  Wink

User currently offlineKingAirTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

While in Anchorage stop by Humpy's and have a Halibut burger and an Ale.

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

I don't know how good March is in Alaska but Denali isn't that far from Anchorage, especially if you take a float or ski plane tour (which I highly recommend no matter where you go). Going south of Anchorage is also nice toward Seward. I'm by no means an expert but I love Alaska...not sure about the season though.


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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3982 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

Allow me to hijack your thread for just a little while, as I am planning a trip to Alaska as well (although mine would be in the summer - June/July perhaps).

I was thinking about flying into Anchorage, taking the train to Denali, camping/hiking/rafting there and continue on the train to Fairbanks. My questions were:

1. How many days would be enough to spend in Anchorage alone?
2. Can you take a ferry from ANC to Juneau and back? Would a day be enough for it or would I need to spend some time in Juneau and/or the ship?
3. Can you take daytrips from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle or does it take a lot of time? Can you do it by floatplane or some other cool transport like that?

Thanks.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

Those seeking insider information about Anchorage, might want to try to contact that fellow A.netter who is located there.
According to his profile he is no longer banned, although he has not posted since the ban was lifted.
However, his FC-membership is still active ...

I am not sure if it is politically correct and/or wise to include his Username here ...
IM me and I will provide you with the Username I have in mind.
-HT



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

Ask Bristol Palin out on a date.  Smile
She's single now.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4121 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Ask Bristol Palin out on a date.  
She's single now.

Eh, damaged goods  duck 



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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11576 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4090 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
Can you take a ferry from ANC to Juneau and back? Would a day be enough for it or would I need to spend some time in Juneau and/or the ship?

IIRC, that ferry runs only during summer months. Google "Alaska Marine Highway" and that has all the info you need. I think that ferry takes 18 or 24 hours to get there, anyway.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
. Can you take daytrips from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle or does it take a lot of time? Can you do it by floatplane or some other cool transport like that?

Try AS to Prhudoe Bay or Barrow, or flightseeing excursions, but I think maybe floatplanes may only fly during summer. Probably ski planes.

BTW, isn't/wasn't Wasilla the meth capital of Alaska? I lived in a high meth town for a year and it sucked!



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4033 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
Eh, damaged goods   

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3988 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
I want to do something that is "Alaskan" and you can't say "drink"... cause drinking is a go pretty much everywhere.

I woudn't say that - in many towns and places in AK alcohol is banned. Although I'm sure in most large cities it isn't.



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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3955 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
1. How many days would be enough to spend in Anchorage alone?

Anchorage is a relatively small city (<300K People), and the city itself can be seen in a couple of days. However the beauty isn't the city, its everything around it. You could easily spend a full week, heading out a different direction each day, and not see everything w/in a 100 km radius.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
2. Can you take a ferry from ANC to Juneau and back? Would a day be enough for it or would I need to spend some time in Juneau and/or the ship?

The direct distance between Anchorage & Juneau us similar to Lisbon - Barcelona. The ferry runs once a couple of times a month in summer, takes 40 hours each way. A plane ticket and an overnight in Juneau is your best bet

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
3. Can you take daytrips from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle or does it take a lot of time? Can you do it by floatplane or some other cool transport like that?

Yes, from Fairbanks there are day trips north to the circle, expensive though.



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

When in Wasilla you could always try and see Russia from your hou... I mean hotel...


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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3945 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 15):
When in Wasilla you could always try and see Russia from your hou... I mean hotel...

LOL!  rotfl 
....and see Putin rear his head over Alaska. Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3910 times:
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What to do in Wasilla? I thought he thread topic was a joke with a Palin Punchline!

Vio, whatever you do, be sure to do a trip report.



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
This month, I have a few work related meetings in Wasilla,

I had some ideas but - as you can see below, I was beaten to it.

Perhaps you could go hunting. Try some moose meat, and visit some hockey games.

Quoting Connies4ever (Reply 2):
Maybe picket Sarah Palin's house in Wasilla ? Big grin



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):
Eh, damaged goods duck

All you people, that's disgusting. You've just beat me to it!

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 15):
When in Wasilla you could always try and see Russia from your hou... I mean hotel...

Too funny.   

[Edited 2009-03-20 20:30:19]

User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1464 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 3881 times:

Why would you want to go to Wasilla?  duck 

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

I went to Alaska last summer for a week and to be honest Anchorage (and certainly Wasilla!) are a whole load of nothing. The 1964 earthquake meant that it was mostly rebuilt in 1960s architecture so it isn't even pretty! There are some interesting things to see in Anchorage, like Lake Hood would be of interest to an aviation enthusiast, and a neighbouring aviation museum that'd take up a couple of hours.

Anchorage is well placed to go and visit several really beautiful parts of the state. We hired a car and went down to Seward to see the Kenai Fjords by boat. Alas the weather was too bad to do the whole thing but we still got to see a lot, plus stopped in at nearby Exit Glacier.

We also spent four days up in the Denali region (about 5hrs north of Anchorage), stayed in a cabin and took the buses into Denali National Park (the buses are the only vehicles allowed deep into the park) for one LONG day. Around 13hrs on a converted schoolbus, then took another couple of days to just hike around the park. If you are feeling adventurous take some camping equipment and just hike it yourself. We had plenty of hikers getting on and off our buses. When we took the bus to the very end of the route we were due to fly back but the clouds were too bad for our little aircraft! Denali is pretty incredible, it isn't everyday you see something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANR-dLucE2I

There is a hell of a lot to see in Alaska, but it isn't really in Anchorage or Wasilla, which is some small no-name town you just drive through!



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