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    The wife and I are headed to Alaska in July. We will be in Anchorage and also visiting Kenai.
    Anyone ever been?
    What should I expect?
    Anything I should put on my To Do list (besides fly fish. That's already happening)
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    I've been twice. Once was with a friend's family and we did a week long paddle down a river, fishing during the day and camping at night.

    The second trip was more of a vacation. We went to Homer, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali, and a few other rural places. We also flew in a US Mail plane to Anaktuvuk Pass, which is a very small town above the Arctic Circle. I found that to be the most enjoyable aspect of the trip, but I'm not sure that is available anymore.

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    Went back in 1997.

    Sight seeing is unreal, if you don't mind driving while on vacation. My group did RV trip from town to town.

    Fished Kenai, but not much luck (bad season). Had better luck with charter boat out of Kodiak. (catch some Halibut / Salmon & have shipped back home - quite a treat)

    Good eats in some strange places - smoked salmon is awesome.

    Half day Glacier trip was cool.

    Wild life and scenery around every turn. Enjoy.

    Got to get back there someday.

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    When in Kentucky, tourists visit bourbon distilleries. Seems logical tourists in Alaska should take in a fish cannery.

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    One of the very best vacations I ever went on was a 11 day land-cruise to Alaska. Cruised the inward passage from Vancouver thru Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka to Anchorage, then took a train from Anchorage to Fairbanks stopping at Denali on the way. My whole family went there and then to Hawaii a year later and we all had a better time in Alaska...and we loved Hawaii.

    Alaska is VERY BIG...just vast. And in July it will be light outside at least 21-22 hours a day.

    Have a great time!!!

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    Take a good pair of binoculars.

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    Was in Alaska on a cruise about 6-7 years ago.

    Stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, as well as sailed through Glacier Bay before ending up in Anchorage. Even with less than ideal weather, it was amazing. The scenery is simply breathtaking. Pretty crazy to be walking along the deck of the ship in bright sunshine and look at your watch and see it's almost 1 am. As was mentioned, it's about 22 hours of daylight in July.

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    I went just 2 summers ago to both Anchorage and Kenai. Awesome, awesome places.

    Anchorage is like most big cities in the US (except they have sunlight for 18 hours a day), but eat some salmon/reindeer sausage and drink some local beer if you can/if that's what you like. We went to the Federal building which had a neat little museum and there are some nice resources there as well. If you have a free day and a car, go 2 hours north to Talkeetna. It's a small hippie town that has some really cool pubs and restaurants.

    Kenai is a really neat place. I'd recommend whale watching (its not as boring as it sounds) and visiting some glaciers - both are done in the Fjords. It is cold out on the water though so bundle up.

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