Travel Arrangements to Alaska

We flew into Anchorage, Alaska on Delta using our skymiles rewards. I had status and thee Delta Platinum American Express, so I was able to check 2 bags per person. We brought camping gear and clothing in 3 bags.

After arriving in Anchorage, we rented a vehicle. They didn’t have the full size car I rented, so we were conveniently upgraded to a 4×4 Pickup Truck. What a bummer.

Denali National Park

Day 1 included a trip up to Denali National Park. We setup our camp and then visited the Visitors Center. We booked our bus trip to Wonder Lake for the next day.

Early to rise, we were out to Wonder Lake. If there is one thing I can say about Alaska, it feels like you are in a painting. Constantly. We were lucky enough to see Moose and Bear on the first day and had the greatest driver ever.

The second day we took a trip to Eielson, Still, I cannot describe the absolute beauty Denali National Park provides.

The third day was free, so we booked to Toklat. However, after tearing down camp we wanted to get on the road and decided to just drive into Denali.

Drive to Seward

The drive down to Anchorage and then to Seward was incredible. So many “picture perfect Alaska landscapes” to take photos of, including the Alaska train.

We setup camp and then headed to the Kenai Fjords National Park Exit Glacier area. They had cool signs setup for where the glacier extended to at years in the not so distant past. The landscape is changing for sure.

Kenai Fjords National Park

The highlight of this trip was our trip to Kenai Fjords National Park. Most of this National Park is accessible only by water, so we took a trip on the Kenai Fjords Tours boat. The service was incredible, the education great and the views were unbeatable. This was the dream cruise.

We stayed another night in Seward, then headed back to Anchorage the next day for late night flights out.

Accident

As we were heading up Seward Highway, we stopped a few times for photos. A tour bus and some other vehicles passed by us. Unfortunately they were involved in a fatal collision about 30 miles up the road. This closed the road down and we missed our flights. Luckily Delta was accommodating and got us on flights the next day so we stayed at the Hilton in Anchorage.