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    Has anyone gone to Alaska?

    We are thinking of taking a trip to Alaska. Has anyone gone did you like it? What would you do again or not do again?

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    Alaska is beautiful! I would go again in a heartbeat. If you love the outdoors, it's the place to go. The hiking, biking, fishing, etc. It's just spectacular country to look at and enjoy. How could you not love seeing glaciers and wildfire flowers. I would say "go"!
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    Are going on a cruise? We took a 10 day trip, doing land first 5 days and cruise the remaining days. If you do a cruise, I'd do the land part first, then just relax on the cruise and take some side trips. It was great. Even found a quilt shop along the way. Also made a lasting friendship with another couple from Wisconsin. I say go for it, whether cruising or not. We'd go again! Also, go to get a picture of Mt McKinley, which usually is hard to get. The best part, our travel agency had a contest for customers to submit photos of their trips. We won, got a free trip to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico!!
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    Go!!!!!! :-)

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    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 have taken a couple of quilt cruises to Alaska. They were great!;We quilted on sea days and went on side trips. My DH went fishing while I checked out the quilt shops. I'd go after I save.my pennies.

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    My in-laws live in Alaska - its very beautiful and if you love the outdoors its the place for you. It can be quite an adventure getting around - alot of places are either boat to it or fly to it - its very nice- if you love to fish it is so much fun to go fishing there - you actually catch fish - your arms will get tired catching fish. Alaska is expensive - everything has to be barged in or flown in so groceries and everything is much more expensive - I think a cruise would be awesome up there - I have only been to my in-laws place - we fly in to their island and take the ferry when we come back - its definitely an adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis View Post
    My in-laws live in Alaska - its very beautiful and if you love the outdoors its the place for you. It can be quite an adventure getting around - alot of places are either boat to it or fly to it - its very nice- if you love to fish it is so much fun to go fishing there - you actually catch fish - your arms will get tired catching fish. Alaska is expensive - everything has to be barged in or flown in so groceries and everything is much more expensive - I think a cruise would be awesome up there - I have only been to my in-laws place - we fly in to their island and take the ferry when we come back - its definitely an adventure.
    Drove to Alaska in 2011 with three other gals. Great trip. one interesting place was the Musk Ox Farm.
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    We went to Alaska June 2002. Loved it! Being Southerners we were always cold but still loved it. Would go again. Our neighbors have been 3 times.
    Hubby regrets that we didn't take the overland train. I wanted to but he insisted he had to get back to work. Now every time he tells people about the trip he adds that he wishes we had done it-aw, but never mentions that I tried to get him to. lol
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    if you can go we took 5 weeks and drove the Alcan highway is a trip of a lifetime we loved Dawson City Yukon and the
    top of the world highway to Chicken Alaska is another story we loved Fairbanks and also Skagway you would nrver be sorry that you took the trip go and you will enjoy

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    My husband and I would love to go and do plan on going "someday". I have done research and since we aren't big fans of crusies are considering traveling on the marine highway, then heading inland in a rental car. Has anyone rented a berth on the marine highway boats? I've heard that its beautiful and get to skirt up the coast closer to shore than the crusie ships can go?

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    If you have a chance to go don't hesitate. Have been to every state in the US and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been. My husband and I traveled 3 months through Alaska. If you go, buy a Milepost book, it will guide you through Canada and Alaska, every mile, campgrounds, food, lodging and fuel. It is a wealth of information. Enjoy!

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    Yes and would go again! Our daughter (and future son-in-law) were Park Rangers at Glacier Bay few years ago. We took trips by train, boat, plane, foot and enjoyed them all. An old song came back to me one day as I was hiking. Gordon Lightfoot sang : "Great majestic forests - too silent to be real". The whole experience was wonderful. Our daughter has also been Ranger in Hawaii, Maine, California and Midway Atoll so we get to visit all around. Our son is a college professor in England at Imperial College London so we see Europe too. I hope you enjoy Alaska, but be warned, you won't want to leave.

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    I lived in Alaska when married to a service member. It is definitely worth visiting. Google quilts shops, they are plenty there. Be sure to take your camera, extra batteries and storage discs. Enjoy your trip.

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    My husband and I went to Alaska in 2004 and loved it. We vowed to return and we did in 2011. It is wonderful and so beautiful. We talked to a lot of the folks that live there year 'round and it is not an easy life but to them the beauty and frontier feeling of it keeps them there no matter what. We would love to go a third time in the future.
    I know you will have a wonderful, wonderful time.

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    Used to live there and brother still lives in Anchorage. I have never heard a complaint from anyone who went. Mostly "it was a trip of the lifetime" type comments. I love it.

    We are thinking of taking a Road Scholar trip and combining it with a visit to my brother's place. I want to go back to Denali and the Seward Sea Animal Rescue Center.

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    So far I haven't seen any negatives! That alone says a lot. DH and I went up our first time in 1983 and it turned out to be a world changer for us. We were in our 43 and 51 at the time and had chosen to back pack for 5 weeks (using the 6th week of our 2 year-combined vacation) to go up and back on the "Alaska Marine" ferry (we were deck passengers).

    It was glorious! We took our time on our 5 seperate trips, hitch-hiked (was very common in Alaska then) and savoured every moment. On the last week of our camping DH said, "Next monday I'll be back at the office (dealing with problem children, and worse, problem parents... he had chlldren he had been working for die at the hands of their parents, although the courts had removed them the mother, usually, got them back because of "budget" problems of the state). I looked at him and thought WHY should anyone have to do a job they don't want to do. 15 years was long enough! It took us a year to get our ducks in a row but we sold everything and worked in Asia at mission schools, a very rewarding job! We came home when my dad need us 10 years later.

    We would never choose to go by cruise ship because it isn't "our thing". But the ferry deck is awsome! If one person sees something they call out and everyone runs and gets to see it also. If you drive up, go one way on the Cassier hwy (if you come from the south, turn west at Prince George and north on the Cassier; it is shorter, and at that junction area there are 3 towns with totems featured, not for tourists but for local families. A mile or two beyond that junction going north is one of the best native craft shops at the best prices you'll find. You can return by the Al-Can just to see it. Get a current "mile post" book if you drive.

    Our oldest son, a troubled lad, went to Alaska when he was about 20 and was astounded that there is a "real" place in this world that doesn't think of "styles, 'in' things", "what others want you to do," etc. You can be yourself. Now he is an engineer with two beautiful children. Three years ago our summer trip with the children (a tradition) was to go to Alaska (we took 3 up, ages 6, 7, and 8 and met the other two up there), took 10 days to go and come back, stopped at every rest stop (first stop: "Grammy, there is NO toilet, only a big chair and a great big hole" AKA outhouse)! Took a bin of books and activities, lots of nutritious snacks, and it was a great trip!

    Oh dear, don't let me REALLY get started talking about the glorys of Alaska!
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    We lived in Alaska for 14 yrs and we LOVED it. The scenery is gorgeous and the air is clean. We loved seeing all the different kinds of animal life there and especially enjoyed having Moose bed down in our back and front yard when we lived in Ancorage!! The stores sell things you can only find in Alaska too!! The Fireweed flowers must be blooming up there about now! I hear they had snow last week in Anchorage!

    If you get a chance to go and see native dancers it is so worth it!!
    GO you will love it!!
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    I went on an Elder Hostel 2 week trip 14 years ago. I loved it. I would have a summer home in Valdez if I could. We spent a week in Anchorage and a week in Valdez. The trips are so well organized. I would like to see other parts of Alaska. Hawaii was my fov place before the trip to Alaska. One of the other ladies in the group and I hired a small plane tour. Breathtaking scenery. I have been to all but 2 or 3 states, Alaska is my favorite, but all have something to see that is different than home. I think Elder Hostel goes under another name now, you could probably Google it.

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    we lived in Alaska for 5 years, and it was wonderful! would I go for another visit, YES in a heart beat! A milepost is a must have, so much info in it. So much wild life and such beauty, well there are just no words, I say GO! and have a wonderful time!
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    Definitely on my bucket list, we will be rving when we go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    My husband and I would love to go and do plan on going "someday". I have done research and since we aren't big fans of crusies are considering traveling on the marine highway, then heading inland in a rental car. Has anyone rented a berth on the marine highway boats? I've heard that its beautiful and get to skirt up the coast closer to shore than the crusie ships can go?
    Yes we did. Great ride and informative. Some cruise ships are now banned from the glaciers inlets because of polluting the water. Be sure to take the train ride, unbelievable construction for 'back then". Skagway is small but wonderful. Be warned if you like diamonds, plenty, plenty of shops as its duty free. I didn't buy any, rather went for the native crafts. Food is good and cheap. Veggies are amazing sizes due to endless summer sun! Hotels are reasonable, hostels more fun especially for us "mature" types. Hiking is the best and you may get lucky and see wildlife, just be smart and follow the rules. Rangers (ahem, daughter and son-in-law best, of course) are all helpful. Then go into the Yukon! You won't want to miss any of it. Read up on the area before you go, get good guide books at your library or go online. Let us know about your trip when (if) you return

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    My husband and our four sons go to Alaska every summer to fish for salmon. They would not miss this trip for anything.
    They camp out or rent a cabin and fish all day long, They each brought home their limit about a month ago. So we will have salmon all winter long, a lot of it smoked. I have not been there, but have seen many pictures that they have taken.
    We have also known several people who took the cruise and loved it. GO, GO,GO
    Kaye Jacobson Salverda

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    I have two big things on my bucket list and one is to take a quilting cruise to Alaska but can't get anyone to go with me.
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    go go go.......... oh the wildlife... and the scenery!!!
    ( expensive tho)

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