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Thread: Has anyone gone to Alaska?

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    Alaska is a unique place with spectacular scenery, wildlife and the people. I live here year round and as a transplant from England it was certainly different. You do what you need to and go where you need to go. You take into account the weather and roads and plan for it. Some things are more expensive but you manage or grow your own. We are very lucky to have many wonderful quilt stores here to include some to the islands and remote areas. If you take a cruise enjoy the planned activities but take the time to go wander around the towns yourself. There is a lot to see and do in most of the places in Alaska. If you want to see a Glacier come to Seward, we have one of the few landlocked glaciers that you can get right up close to it. We also have a neat quilting store here. Just tell us where you heard about us, we enjoy that.

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    Thank you I never thought of Rving there. Great tips.

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    oh what a nice thread. i sure would like to go. need to just get our ducks in a row, and some stuff sold, so we aren't tied to the farm so much.

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    YES and it is gorgeous. I went last year (2011) with a couple. We drove to VanCouver from N.C., did the 7 day cruise and on land then drove back across the country as he doesn't like to fly. I enjoyed ALL of the trip and it took 28 days round trip. This country is just beautiful and I enjoyed the drive as well as the state of Alaska. We did the train ride and it was beautiful, as well as the glaciers (sp). Scagway was awesome also. We went to several different places and I was in AWE the whole trip. They want me to join them on a trip to Hawwaii next year and again, we will drive across country (different routes) and back again. Just hope I can save up enough money for this trip. By all means go, it will be a trip of a life time.
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    We have been on three cruises to Alaska. The last one was two years ago. I call it God's country. To me it is one of the most beautiful places on earth!

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    We went on a 7 day Holland America cruise and everything was wonderful!
    Beautiful state! Met lots of neat people and great quilt shops!

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    been up there 5 times. go you won't be sorry. plenty of quilt shops.

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    Where to start? I have been there 17 times and still haven't had enough of the beautiful scenery and wildlife! I have flown there, and we have driven up the highway. Depending on what you like, there is something for everyone! It is definitely THE place for those who love nature. If you will be traveling on your own, be sure to buy a copy of THE MILEPOST at any major book store or online. It will tell you about every place in Alaska and on the way to Alaska; great maps if you are driving also. The longer you can stay, the more you will see, and I guarantee you will leave wanting to return-again and again!

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    Go, agree no one can tell you about it, it's so vast. And bring a sign to post about where you hail from.

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    If you want to travel by RV - fly into Anchorage and go to ABC rentals - at the airport. If you reserve by December of one year and go the following summer you can save half the cost. They have a website you can check out. I loved fishing - had a blast fishing for salmon in the Kenai river. Lots of great quilt shops. I came home the last time thinking that Alaska is where the earth is still being made - so raw and undeveloped and beautiful. I also recall thinking we could never move to Alaska because we aren't nice enought - everyone we met was helpful, friendly and welcoming.
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    My daughter and her family lives in Alaska, It's beautiful I would move there in a minute.
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    I live in Kenai, Alaska. I have also lived in Juneau and Anchorage. Really enjoy the summers--not so much the winters-always fear of falling.

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    Living in Alaska we have been on the marine highway system many times. Our move to Alaska was on a large ferry--we call them Blue Canoes. There are private rooms and an entire level for vehicles. The food is good--cafeteria style and much jostling for the front row seats. There are plenty of quilt/fabric shops throughout the state. Any time of the year bring jackets or sweaters. One thing to remember--every road deadends except those going in and out of Canada. So, you will doing lots of backtracking.

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    The fireweed has gone to seed and most trees have lost their leaves. We have plenty of moose who eat everything--lots of wire fences around the trees and shrubs everywhere. A beautiful state but it is always nice to visit the "Lower 48" which I call the real world. Shipping and postage are expensive and many places still regard us as another country or won't ship to us or Hawaii--only the Continental states. Other than that--we can get most everything here that we need.

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    Dodie mentions driving the Alcan highway. My husband and I drove the Alcan from Anchorage down to Houston, Texas in 1955. What a trip! All gravel roads then and, following the Milepost guide (still published, I think) we stopped every other night where we could find a cabin to sleep in--not many around then! We had to stop for over an hour one time to wait for an elk herd to cross the road. Alaska was still a territory then, not yet a state. We lived in Anchorage for three years out on Cook Inlet. The area where our little house was ended up out to sea in the big earthquake in the 1960s. How I loved that place! We camped often on the Kenai pennisula. Truly God's country. I know it has changed a lot in the almost 60 years since we were there, but it must still be beautiful country. Go!

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    We (my 16 year old twins and I--DH could not go) just got home from Eagle River in August, 2012. We met our oldest son there for his vacation.
    Had a wonderful time. Our oldest daughter is married to an AirForce pilot stationed in Anchorage. We climbed a glacier, went river rafting in glacier water--brrr, went fly fishing for the first time in my life, went kayaking (first time ever), and I even jumped off of Mt. Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska. I called my DH and told him that I was going paragliding (obviously first time) and he said, "You're not going to do that?" to which I replied, "YUP, I am!!"
    It was great! Probably would not have done it if I didn't have an instructor on my back.
    It rains in August in Anchorage...we hit the only week that the weather was sunny and high 60's. So I would suggest earlier in the summer. They have begun to have snow flurries up there now..

    Must warn you that everything is expensive. I saved forever so that we could go and I am still paying for that vacation. We are hoping to go again next summer....this time DH is coming along. It will be the last summer that our daughter and family will be stationed there.
    I would say "GO FOR IT!" You only go around one time so you may as well do anything and everything that you can. Start saving those pennies now!

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    I have bee 4 times and would go again if I could. One time was a cruise, if cruising buy ticket on land (cheaper than on board) The train trip out of Skagway is well worth the money. Of course Denali is a must. Spend more than one day if you can. You don't see as many animals in June as they're in the nursery. If you take a boat trip out of Seward make sure it is an 8 hr (or longer) one. You see a lot more and believe me we saw a lot!! The acquarium in Seward is nice. There is a wonderful quilt shop in Seward as well. You need to plan more than one trip, too much to see in just one trip. You need a minimum of 10 days. Everything is big, but far apart so there is lots of driving time, but it is so beautiful you don't mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Dreamer View Post
    My husband & I spent 3 months in Alaska 2010. We have a motorhome which made us very comfortable, it is beautiful (no one can tell you) you have to see it for yourselves. Would we go again-we are talking about it.
    If you are driving besure to stop at Watson Lake, Yukon to tour the sign post forest. Let us know!.
    I also loved the Yukon---Larger than Life.

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    I would say go too!!! It is beautiful there. We left our honeymoon sign at Watson lake...my goodness there are thousands of signs from all over the world there!!!
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    Here are some Eagles for you to see. My dh took this while he was at Homer Spit.
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    My husband drove the Alcan in 71 to get to his Army station in Anchorage. Then it was 1200 unpaved miles and they drove it in a Corvair. Crazy young guys. Then he drove to visit me in Fairbanks which was another 400 unpaved miles and lost at least one tire per trip. Still crazy.

    Even though cold and dark, we visited one year in February for the Fur Rendevouz. It was amazing.

    Road Scholar is the new name for Elderhostel for the poster who asked. They have great and well arranged trips to Alaska.

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    went on a cruise and loved it... would go back in a heartbeat.....only thing I woud do differently is to do the land portion first then the cruise. I would fly into Fairbanks early (one or two days) and have more time to stroll around town....then join into the group for the tour. In this lifetime I would preferr never to fly out of the airport in Fairbanks again.

    If I ever have a Motor Home, Alaska would be part of my very first trip

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    I know a couple that took the RV tour with a group of people and had a blast. There is a company you pay money to, and they set up your entire trip...they pay all fees to get into places etc.. they enjoyed their trip 100%, but said the downfall to that type... was some of the spots they wanted to visit longer and could not, and some areas..they rather not have visited and stayed a day longer then they needed to. He said to us..do research and plan your trip that way.. but make sure you have time..
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    I have, in fact I lived there for 2 years, up near the arctic circle. I would indeed go back of given the opportunity, not to live, but for a visit. It was cold where I lived, of you are in the southern areas it is much warmer and you can do more outside. I would recommend to anyone that they go.
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    My best friend and I went to Alaska in 2005 and loved it! We also did a land trip first and then cruise. Sitka was my favorite place - I would move there if I could! And we also met a couple that we both still keep in touch with.

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    My daughter use to live there. Go. It is just beautiful.

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