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Mon Jun 11, 2018, 12:42 AM

Planning a vacay to AK

Will be my first time traveling there.
Totally open about where.
I will be going in August so starting to decide the destination(s).

I am a rockhound so gold panning is a must. Aurora borealis viewing is a must. Also, I would like a train ride.

Hoping there are DUers that will respond with their fav places so I can check out those destinations/suggestions before finalizing plans.

Let me know where to go!!
Thanks in advance.

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Wawannabe Jun 2018 OP
Laffy Kat Jun 2018 #1
Wawannabe Jun 2018 #2
Laffy Kat Jun 2018 #3
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2018 #4
Nitram Jun 2018 #5

Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 12:57 AM

1. Wow! You are so lucky.

What's the weather like in August? I was in Anchorage around end of May on business way back in the mid-80s but I didn't get to see much. A few of us drove to Portage and I remember seeing a lot of eagles.

You may enjoy reading "Going to Extremes" by Joe McGinniss. It's a fun, quick read about different towns in AK and the eccentric characters who live there. You must report back!

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:10 AM

2. Thanks Laffy Kat

For the book recommendation. I will check it out. I would enjoy eagle watching. More eagles in WA than where I came from, but still donít see many. Great idea!



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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:30 AM

3. It was weird, the residents there don't even point the eagles out.

I remember eagle soaring low, right over the hood of the car, and the person driving was like, "meh." They see so many, I guess.

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 02:05 AM

4. Alaska in August?

Depending on where you are in that state, you won't have very many hours of darkness to see the aurora borealis. Plus, I'm thinking it's simply not that visible in summer. Plan a return visit six months from now.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 09:55 AM

5. That's right, Poindexter, winter is the time to see the northern lights.

We took the train from Fairbanks down to Anchorage, stopping off to stay near Denali National Park along the way. The park was a blast! We didn't see the mountain, though, because it was overcast. But we saw tons of wildlife from the school bus that drives you through to safely view the grizzlies. Took the ferry down the Inland Passage to Seattle on the way back. Saw whales and lots of great scenery on the ferry.

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