|Sunrise in Anchorage
|Arctic Valley drive
|Artifacts at the museum
The day came to end with dinner at the Namaste Shangrila Himalayan restaurant in town.
|The train arrives in Whittier
|Prince William Sound
After having a quick lunch, we boarded the cruise at around at 1 p.m. It was raining pretty heavily that day, but we were told that's how the weather near the coast is most days of the year there. The cruise went into the Prince William Sound waters and it took about an hour to get to our first glacier. It got much more cold as we got close and deeper inside the waters, and the rain added to it. However, we were told that rain is actually good for glacier's health and it actually makes them look bluish (as seen in the photo above). It did however make viewing and clicking photos from the deck much more adventurous.
Day 3 (Seward, AK)
|Us with our guide
|The river float trip
Day 4 & 5 (Talkeetna, AK) We had booked the next three days up north in a small Alaskan town call Talkeetna. The town is about 15 miles from the nearest highway and the downtown is easily walk able.
The next day we did a drive up the Denali highway north, to catch a glimpse of Mt Mkinley but it was too overcast to really see anything but dark clouds. Although, there is no denying the adventure of driving in the wilderness, weather sunny or overcast. We stopped by Byer's lake to do a small hike be
fore heading back to our lodge.
|Hurricane Turn Train
The entire round trip takes about 7-8 hours, from and back to Talkeetna.
Day 7 (Drive back to ANC)
|Can you spot McKinley?
All in all, this was one of the most unique and adventurous trips we've had in recent times. I would go back in heartbeat.
What businesses did we use?
Anchorage B&B: A loon's nest
Talkeetna Lodge: Northern Guesthouse
Glacier Cruise: Phillips Cruises
Talkeetna River trip: Talkeetna River guides
Hurricane Turn trip: Alaska railroad