Our trip was during the July 4th weekend. Nice, loo ..ong days in the 70s, and short nights - makes this the perfect time to visit Alaska.
We flew to Anchorage, then drove down to Seward on the Seward highway - surely one of the most scenic highways in America. We passed huge, lush green mountains that pierce and disappear into thick heavy clouds, magnificient age-old glaciers, vast lakes, wildflowers and waterfalls. Just beautiful!
Seward is a picturesque town, located at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai peninsula. It's got a historic downtown area, filled with quaint shops, nice restaurants and also the obligatory tourist traps. Seward is also the take-off point for some of Alaska's best glacier and wildlife viewing cruises. We took the 6 hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise . Awesome trip. Among the various highlights were the up close and personal sightings of a pod of orcas and humpbacks, a family of frolicking dolphins, and an amazing calving at the Holgate glacier.
From Seward, we drove north to the unique town of Talkeetna, near the Denali National park. We went on a spectacular flightseeing tour - caught a glimpse of Mt. McKinley (highest peak in N.America) and flew over the Ruth Gorge (deepest on N.America and filled with a 4000 feet thick river of ice), and finally landed on a glacier!