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Need help with a 4 day Alaska itinerary - best things to explore?

I'm flying in / departing Anchorage, Alaska at the end of Aug and only have 4 full days to explore. What should be my itinerary? I want to include the Kenai Fjords in Seward somewhere.

3 Answers

answered first by
Kate from Ohio

I would absolutely recommend spending the day on a day cruise into the Kenai Fjords. It was the highlight of my Alaskan honeymoon (well one of many). We went with Saltwater Lodge. They have smaller boats which was really nice. We took the longest cruise into the Fjords, 8 or 9 hours I think and it was spectacular. We went in August and saw whales, porpious, seals, 

sea lions and puffins and glaciers. I really think this is a can't miss.

answered by
Watzisname from Chicago

Hi Penny,

Alaska end August in going to be cold and wet, dress in layers.

Seward and Denali are probably your must dos, but Seward is south of Anchorage and Denali is north of Anchorage, so a bit of driving!!

Here are my recommendations, with the assumption that you will rent a car from Anchorage:

  1. Day 1: Drive down Seward Highway, stop at Beluga PointTurnagain Arm on the way. Fantastic drive. When you reach Seward, try the kennel tour Seavey's IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours and hike Exit Glacier Trailhead. Stay Le Barn Appetit - owners are delightful, breakfast crepes are sensational and their lodging is very real (we stayed in the Jack London cabin). 
  2. Day 2: Kenai Fjord tour. We did ours with Major Marine Tours, fantastic experience. The glaciers were incredible, the whales/porpoises/seals, etc. were amazing!!
  3. Day 3 and 4: Denali National Park. We stayed at Denali Lakeview Inn and ate at 49th State Brewing Company. You can easily spend 2 days at Denali and enjoy the beauty of the National Park. 

If the driving is a bit much for you, you could consider trekking Matanuska glacier with MICA Guides and staying at Homestead Guest Cabins in Sutton,AK. 

Also, if you have time in Anchorage, check out the Alaska Native Heritage Center and eat at Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant

Either way, Alaska is incredible!! Have a wonderful time. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Beluga Point (attraction)
  2. Turnagain Arm (attraction)
  3. Seavey's IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours (attraction)
  4. Exit Glacier Trailhead (attraction)
  5. Le Barn Appetit (restaurant)
  6. Major Marine Tours (attraction)
  7. Denali National Park (park)
  8. Denali Lakeview Inn (hotel)
  9. 49th State Brewing Company (restaurant)
  10. MICA Guides (attraction)
  11. Homestead Guest Cabins (attraction)
  12. Alaska Native Heritage Center (attraction)
  13. Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant (restaurant)

answered by
Robert Glenn from Manhattan Beach

Rent a car in Anchorage and drive to Girdwood's Alyeska House. Stay at the Alyeska hotel and ride the gondola to 7-Glaciers Restaurant atop the mountain for dinner. If you are REALLY hungry, go to the Double Musky restaurant in Girdwood instead - more local (You will need reservations at both places). Next day continue down highway to Seward stay at Seward Windsong Lodge. You can take a national park boat out of downtown Seward to see the Kenai Fjords and you should also go walk the Exit Glacier Trailhead just down the road from your lodge. There are many bear that visit the lodge and the river across the street, so keep your eye out for them and you will have a wonderful, SAFE encounter. The lodge has good food, and there are excellent seafood/steak houses in Seward harbor. The drive back to Anchorage will be 3-5 hours depending on traffic - weekends can be slow, accidents can close the narrow, mountainous highway.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Anchorage (city)
  2. Girdwood's Alyeska House (hotel)
  3. Seward (city)
  4. Seward Windsong Lodge (hotel)
  5. Exit Glacier Trailhead (attraction)

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