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Old 03-31-2013, 06:36 PM
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My fiance and I are planning on going to Alaska for our Honeymoon. It will be July 1st to the 12th. We chose to go to Alaska because we like some adventure, nature, photography, are semi foodies, and figure we can do the relaxing beach thing when we are older. We are going to be flying into Anchorage on Monday the 1st and will probably stay there the first night. After that we are unsure of what to do. We would have loved to camp, but are unsure that we could bring all of our gear when flying, and don't want to spend the time to drive up from Wisconsin. We are under the age of 25, so renting cars is a bit more pricey for us. We wanted to keep the budget less than $5,000 for the two of us including airfare if possible. Like I said we want to do things that are a little bit more adventurous, but maybe some relaxing sight seeing days as well. We are probably going to get a Milepost as well to help with the planning. Any suggestions or itinerary ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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Try tripadvisor. Check out the top questions and trip reports that are on the right side of the screen and then ask your questions.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Get your passport and drive up, totally worth it. You will see more wildlife on the Alcan than you can see in Alaska, usually in one day you can see moose, caribou, elk, bison, and sheep.

Drive!
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:41 PM
 
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Yeah, and don't forget to rent an RV ASAP as soon as you touch down on Alaskan soil.

Seriously, if money is an issue, flying up may be a better deal than driving the AlCan. It all depends on what you want from your trip. Because it's your honeymoon, you'll probably want to focus more on each other than on wildlife.

I can't remember the name of it, but there's a hostel in Denali that might suit your purposes. Whatever you decide to do, though, you need to make your reservations as soon as possible.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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We honeymooned in Alaska. I'll write some stuff later.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Also disagree about driving the Alcan. You don't have enough time. There is public transport around most of the road system, but it's infrequent, expensive, and generally run by small companies, so it'll take a bit of research and planning to utilize. The region from Anchorage north to Denali, and south to Seward and Homer on the Kenai Peninsula will have both the most transportation options and the most activities geared towards visitors.

A rental car and camping gear allow flexibility. Without them, and coming at peak season, you will need to fully plan out your trip, with reservations for all transportation and for each night's lodging.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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We started in Anchorage and then spent a couple nights in a B&B in nearby Girdwood, very charming (loved the food at the Double Muskie). We hiked a little around the ski resort, was OK.

Then we drove down to Seward and chilled with no plans for about a week. Had a great B&B outside of town right on the bay. Did a couple fantastic hikes and a small boat tour of the bay and glacial areas.

We did 2 days in Talkeetna in a rustic cabin too. There we did a sunset boat/hike through salmon/bear country.

And then we rented some basic 'camping' gear and did the Denali bus into Wonder Lake and did one night. We too thought it too much of a pain to do real camping with our own gear. In a way I wish we hadn't done that...although Denali is just flat out amazing, doing the 24-hr thing could not do it justice.

I will say one thing...if possible, get to know the cruise ships' land itineraries and (IMHO) avoid areas when/where they're scheduled to be. Just my opinion.

I believe we booked everything with Colette tours, a local person, that name rings a bell.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I second the recommendation to spend some significant time on the Trip Advisor forums.
Alaska Forum, Travel Discussion for Alaska, United States

Renting a car will be your best option, even if it costs more because you are under 25. But if you don't rent, you still have options.
Alaska Railroad Corporation - Travelers Main Page
The Alaska Park Connection Motorcoach Service
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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There are companies that have camping/outdoor gear for rental. Time is late for planning a trip this year, so get after it !

Here are some suggestions on another thread; Summer Camping Trip to Alaska - Advice Needed!

Congratulations, and have a fantastic honeymoon !
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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The company we used (1999) was Rainbow Mountain Tours
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