ALASKA   July 15-29, 1999   Table of contents    |    Contact details
We took Alaska Airlines for all of our flights (San Jose to Juneau, Juneau to Anchorage, and Anchorage to San Jose). Alaska Airlines is the only major airline that flies into Juneau, but other airlines go to Anchorage.
  In Juneau, we stayed at Mt. Juneau Inn both before and after our Glacier Bay cruise. It's a few miles out of town, but still an easy walk. We took advanage of their laundry machines during our second stay. We really liked their huge dog, Leo.
Glacier Bay
  Our Active Adventure Wilderness cruise with Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises was amazing. We got really close to wildlife -- something the big cruise ships just can't do. We were divided into three groups by activity level, so everyone had a good time. The food was great too.
  We rented a car in Anchorage from Alamo. The weekly car rental cost less than two train tickets from Anchorage to Denali, and we we liked being able to stop anywhere we wanted.

The Milepost guide was very helpful during our drive from Anchorage to Denali. It has information on restaurants, gas stations, and points of interest almost every mile along the way.

We spent our first night near the park in the Touch of Wilderness Bed & Breakfast.

We stayed at Denali Backcountry Lodge for three nights. It was nice to be inside the park, and the lodge had lots of activities (guided hikes, slide programs, etc.). Thedrive to and from the lodge took a full day each way, so next time we'd probably stay near the park entrance.

  In Seward, we stayed at the Stoney Creek Inn. It was more like a motel than a bed and breakfast.

While in Seward, we visited Kenai Fjords National Park on a day cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours. They seemd to have the fastest, newest boats, and their office was open late.

We spent a morning the Alaska Sea Life Center. They had several intersting exhibits about how the area has recovered from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.