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thomas201

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We did the fly rent this June. Get a copy of Churchs' book and determine your wish list first. Since we wanted to drive the dirt roads: McCarthy, Nabesna, Denali (not the park), and Dalton, we chose a 4X4 truck camper. Now with your wish list you will know the number of days and the type of camper.

I think the bus for Denali park is hard to beat. You have 40 sets of eyes, a telescopic camera and an experienced guide with a radio talking to the other bus drivers. Plus you can spend all your time looking instead of driving.

Don't miss for us: Denali Park, Kennicott mine, and beach camping on the Kenai.

We used GoNorth for the rental. They were honest and the equipment performed well. We did have a fridge problem, they returned phone calls and tried to help. Just a burnt out 12 volt fuse, and they had a pack of fuses in the camper. I would shop based on price and availability. Churches' book has a list, plus the internet, of rental outfits.

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You are definitely on the right track with your planning so far. In 2014 Mrs. S. and I celebrated our 40th anniversary with a similar trip: flew to Anchorage, rented a class C for 10 days, toured around, had a great time. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. We rented from ABC Motorhomes in Anchorage.

If you like reading trip reports, ours was written up here. If you read it, you'll get a lot of insights into what a trip like this can offer.

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SpeakEasy wrote:



If you like reading trip reports, ours was written up here.

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By the way - if you do click on my link to read the trip report, it is a daily journal. At the bottom of each page is a link to the next day. The link is a rectangle with a -> on it and the title of the next day's entry

-Speak

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Quick side note, the sales tax on your rental should be much cheaper in Fairbanks than Los Anchorage. In my case the airfare was also cheaper to Fairbanks, so we flew to Fairbanks and rented there. Pays to check both.

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Most things worth doing book up a year in advance. Have you looked at availability of rentals? You might want to start there, just in case you have to start looking at 2023...

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"To us Fairbanks was interesting but not the best and not so impressed with the North Pole city with Santa.

Agree with North Pole not being that interesting but the Christmas shop there is fun. Fairbanks was a bust for us this year-they have been hit hard by COVID and a lot of things were not operating or had really reduced schedules. Websites were not accurate, either, so call ahead. Anchorage isn't the city it used to be as they've been hit fairly hard as well but does have some great shops.

For Denali I'd take a bus tour. You can only go in 13 miles without doing so and parking for RVs is limited when you get to the end. There isn't all that much on that portion of the road, either. The Kenai Peninsula and Seward will satisfy the whales/glacier issues.

Whether to spend more time in the city or exploring is up to me. I'd explore. Anchorage itself is good for a day but there are places to go not far outside the city like the reindeer or musk ox farms. If you like museums there are some there also plus the Alaska Native Heritage Center. It's a matter of what your preferences are."

I'd have to agree with all of the above and I live here. Ditto on the "check everything"...both Squarebanks and Los Anchorage have lots of impacts, including a variety of "they're blaming that on covid?" impacts, that have changed the landscape for visitor activities. For me, for a 10-day trip, I'd probably skip going North and focus on the Kenai: Glacier tours from Whittier, whale / wildlife tours from Seward. Hope and/or Whittier for hiking and local flavor. Kenai and Slodotna if you are here when the reds or silvers are running. FWIW, if it was me, I'd take the time to drive to Valdez and to drive the Denali Highway (Paxson-Cantwell) but either of those trips is at least 2 days to do, more likely 3-4 and probably not worth doing on this short trip....gives you a reason to come back.


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Wow, great stuff everyone!

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I'd have to agree with all of the above and I live here. Ditto on the "check everything"...both Squarebanks and Los Anchorage have lots of impacts, including a variety of "they're blaming that on covid?" impacts, that have changed the landscape for visitor activities. For me, for a 10-day trip, I'd probably skip going North and focus on the Kenai: Glacier tours from Whittier, whale / wildlife tours from Seward. Hope and/or Whittier for hiking and local flavor. Kenai and Slodotna if you are here when the reds or silvers are running. FWIW, if it was me, I'd take the time to drive to Valdez and to drive the Denali Highway (Paxson-Cantwell) but either of those trips is at least 2 days to do, more likely 3-4 and probably not worth doing on this short trip....gives you a reason to come back.

Agree with this line of thinking. If this is not going to be a "once in a lifetime trip" then consider returning and exploring different parts. I've been 4 times (flying because I'm on the east coast), plan on going back in 2023, and still won't see everything I want to. Key to Alaska is slowing down and enjoying what the state has to offer. Sure, you can do drive-by touring and see a lot but you won't SEE a lot.

* This post was edited 11/03/21 05:52am by Crowe *


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I would rent for 7 days and head to the Kenai peninsula…forget Denali. Use the other 7 days for a cruise back to Vancouver. Don’t need a balcony cabin as it can be to cold to use and you are off the boat all day…$100/day/person.


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To me there are at least three distinct Alaskas. Southeast Alaska is the cruiser's Alaska, where the only access is by sea. Southern Alaska, which includes Kenai Denali, Fairbanks, basically where the paved roads are, belongs to the RVers. The rest of Alaska you had better have wings to get there.


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