Alaska Dog Mushing Encounters

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Wendy and Tom pose for pictures while on a dog mushing encounter

The two most famous dog sled races in North America are Alaska’s Iditarod (Anchorage to Nome) and the Yukon Quest (Fairbanks Alaska to Whitehorse in Yukon Canada). When visiting and choosing adventures most people consider an Alaska dog mushing encounter. It is one of the most sought-after Alaskan adventures. Why? It’s unique, it’s available in the coldest regions of our planet, and it incorporates Alaskan tradition, the wilderness, nature, animals, and speed. Plus, tourists can sit back and experience the ride or try driving a sled team. There are only a few places on the planet where one can participate in such an exhilarating experience. Alaska is one such place to go dog mushing.

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How to Plan Anchorage-Denali National Park 7-Night Itinerary

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Alaska Trip Itinerary – 7-nights/8-days

You may be wondering ‘what is there to do for 7-nights and 8-days in Alaska?’ So much! This Alaska Trip Plan concentrates on the Anchorage-Denali area, with plenty to do in a 7-night and 8-day itinerary. We have some cherished Denali memories from our 4-days in Denali, one of the best parks in Alaska. We believe the best way to visit Alaska is a road trip where you can visit each area in more depth.

After spending 10 weeks in Alaska last summer, I can offer the best of our experience and help you consider your itinerary, and this series can be your Alaska trip planner. This post, How To Plan Anchorage-Denali National Park 7-Night Itinerary, is a second itinerary in a series on Alaska. My last itinerary post was Anchorage to the Alaska Kenai-Peninsula. It started in and returned to Anchorage, so we head to Denali and back to Anchorage in this itinerary.  (Denali north to Fairbanks will be a separate Itinerary).

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Bucket-list 10-day Alaska Self-Guided Kenai-Peninsula Itinerary

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My Trip to Alaska

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Alaska is a spectacular destination! From the exquisite mountains and vistas to the snow-covered glaciers, diverse wildlife, the outstanding hikes, to the fabulous fishing, Alaska is like no other place on earth. Alaska is truly a bucket-list trip! After spending an incredible 10 weeks in Alaska on our 6-month road trip, I am providing a series of 3-to-10-day itineraries for those who want to visit Alaska on their own. We found that we were able to see more than those on cruises or in tour groups on our bucket-list 10-day self-guided Alaska Kenai-Peninsula itinerary.

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Pleasantly Surprised by Unexpected Adventures in Juneau Alaska

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We were stuck in Juneau! There are no roads to drive our RV out, and the ferry workers went on strike. ‘Oh no, now what!’ is what many of us – Juneau Alaska tourists said when visiting with a vehicle. We counted on the Ferry to transport us to an Alaskan port connected to the rest of roadway system. Despite the helplessness, we were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected adventures in Juneau in our 2.5 weeks there.

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Top Paid and Free Things to do in Valdez Alaska

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Historic facts about Valdez Alaska

Do you want to know ‘Why visit Valdez?’ and the top paid and free things to do in Valdez?  Coastal beauty is surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in the world in the port town of Valdez Alaska on the Prince William Sound.  This remote small Alaskan town offers top Alaska attractions – historical and outdoor adventures.  Most tourists don’t make it to Valdez since it is not on the way to anywhere else in Alaska, and it’s far from most of Alaska’s ‘big name’ destinations.  With less tourism in this beautiful place, Tom and I were drawn to it. 

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Wilderness Bear Viewing and Flightseeing in Alaska

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Scenic bear viewing tours from Homer Alaska

Is seeing a grizzly bear in the wild on your bucket list?  Wilderness bear viewing and flightseeing tours in Alaska National Parks are possibly the most sought after experiences of people visiting Alaska. There is no better place to see bears than in the Alaskan wilderness!  When planning our 10 weeks in Alaska, one thing was certain, I wanted to go on a bear viewing excursion!

Grizzly bear leaving meadow and passes close to tour group

Alaska is one of the few places left where many species of wildlife are living and thriving in North America.  It offers pristine wilderness, and in spring and summer, Alaska provides an enormous food source for bears.  From berries, grasses, flowers, and salmon, it is no wonder bears thrive in Alaska.  And Homer Alaska is a fabulous access point to 3 top wilderness bear viewing areas.

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Best Alaska Fishing Trips

Where do you think the best fishing destination is in the world?  Alaska is touted as one of the best fishing destinations in the world. We had one of the best Alaska fishing trips from Homer (Motto: Where the land ends and the sea begins).

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Alaskans fill their freezers with fish, and tourists mail their catch home, and if RVing, some people bring a second freezer to fill while in Alaska.  We filled our RV freezer with halibut in June and salmon in August.

What if you are not an experienced fisherman?  You don’t have to be!  When going on an Alaska fishing trip, the good captains teach you everything you need to know.  That’s especially true of Captain Daniel of HomerFishing.com. Daniel was voted the “Best Fishing Guide” by Alaska Magazine in 2018.  When booking with Daniel’s Personalized Guide Service, we had no idea that he was considered tops among Alaskan fishing guides.  On a later wildlife boat trip, I was talking with a Captain who asked, ‘Who did you go halibut fishing with?’  When he heard it was Daniel, he said ‘You got the best!’

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Best Way to See Denali National Park

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Why Visit Denali National Park?

First let’s consider ‘why people visit Denali National Park,’ and then the Best Way to see Denali National Park.  More than 400,000 people from around the world visit Denali yearly.  I don’t think it’s because Denali is the world’s coldest mountain in the land of eternal winter.  People want to see the elusive Denali, the highest peak in North America.  Denali Mountain, previously known as Mount McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park which was established in 1917.  At 20,310’ high, Denali is taller than Mt. Everest as measured from base to summit – 18,000′ vs 12,000′.  Located in south-central Alaska in the Alaska Range, Denali Mountain is one of the most isolated peaks in the world.

Denali, previously  Mount McKinley, seen from the Denali Shuttle Bus

In addition to the mountain itself, Denali National Park has 6 million acres of incredible natural beauty.  The park offers primitive wilderness, varied wildlife, hiking trails – marked or off-trail, rolling tundra hills, and icy glaciers.  It’s a great place to witness so many of the things people visit Alaska to see.

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