Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pre-trip Planning: Day 8: Delta Junction--> Valdez

This day will be a day of driving.  From Delta Junction to Valdez.  Google Maps says it's about 270 miles and 5 hours.  I figure, it'll take all day because I've read that Google Maps underestimates time and who knows how long we'll stop at the various sites.

I've read over and over that this drive is one of the most scenic ones in Alaska.   Bring it on!

  • Tangle Lakes Campground--This is at the end of the paved portion of the Denali Highway.  I've mentioned that you can only drive the entirety of the highway if your rental company allows it (or you break the contract), but you can drive the paved part with no issues.  
  •  Wrangell St. Elias Visitors' Center--I debated actually visiting McCarthy and Kenecott for a good long time.  I mentioned our decision about the gravel roads.  Shuttles and flying into McCarthy isn't in the cards for us, either.   However, it would be nice to visit the easily accessible Visitors' Center and learn a little bit more about this park...and probably get Chretien to say that we're coming back some day.  :-)
  •   Worthington Glacier--who can pass up an easily accessible glacier?
  •  Keystone Canyon--want to see Horsetail Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.  

The nice thing is if we don't see this all on Day 8, we can see some of it on Day 10 when we leave Valdez.

We have reservations for two nights in Valdez.  We have a double room with a king and two twins.  I think we asked for a rollaway, or we'll just put the kids in the king and we'll take the two twins.  This lodging provides continental breakfast and I think there is laundry, which will be helpful.

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