Things to do near Anchorage?
First, a PSA for the NYC and Boston area people: Flights from NYC/BOS to Anchorage are on sale for $275 in Sep/Oct. This is OBSCENELY cheap for that route and will probably sell out fast so book now and think later!
I've never been to Alaska and I'm taking advantage of this deal to go for about a week in September. Anyone that's been or live there have recommendations on what to do with Anchorage as a base of operations? I know it's still the season for small salmon and rainbow trout and I definitely want to do some fishing. Other than that, what shouldn't I miss that's within a days drive of Anchorage?
I wouldn't try to base out of Anchorage. There's no reason to. Rent a car and go see some stuff. If you're broke, bring a tent and a decent sleeping bag. Go to Homer and take a salmon charter. Go to Seward and hike to the Harding Icefield. Drive around the road system, from Anchorage out to Valdez, then back up to Fairbanks and south again. Cruise around the Kenai Peninsula and stop in all the little towns. Fish for rainbows, dolly varden, or grayling along the way. Don't underestimate how long it takes to get from place to place, though. You can easily wind up driving the whole time you're here if you try to do too much. And don't stay in Anchorage! Most of the tourist stuff closes around Labor Day or at least by mid-September, but there should still be some fishing charters. September can be a really good time to come up. You'll get really lovely fall colors (especially at higher elevations), and few other tourists. Expect some rain and bring fairly warm clothes. Meet some locals while you're here; there are some really interesting people in this state.
Thanks! The sale sold out a few hours after I made the post but there's still flights for $350 roundtrip which is still a great deal IMO.
Coho are the salmon I meant. From what I read Kings aren't around that late.
How are the roads in September, I wouldn't need a 4WD to get around? I may do a combination of camping/lodges or look at how expensive an RV rental is.
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