Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1472 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4806 times:
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.
P.S. I will have a car available, so I could drive somewhere. That's also a nice option.
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MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17997 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4659 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.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4164 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4600 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?
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HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4433 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.
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Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4264 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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Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3714 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4165 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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