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  1. We did the Kenai Fjords tour / Transfer (replacing the train from Seward to Anchorage) on our D5C in May. The excursion was gorgeous. At one point we had orcas on one side, humpbacks on the other and puffins all around the boat. The boat went up close to the glacier, passing harbor seals with pups on ice bergs. This excursion was a high point of our trip.
  2. Fountainhead Auto Museum https://www.fountainheadmuseum.com is excellent.
  3. When we were coming into Ketchikan, my wife's first view of Ketchikan was the Christmas store from our veranda. It was the last store we visited before reboarding, where she bought several ornaments. We also bought ornaments at Christmas stores in Juneau and Skagway. We ended up buying an Alaska Nativity at Grizzly's in Anchorage.
  4. dfilpus

    Juneau transit?

    The nearest public transit bus stop is a 1.5 mile walk to the visitor center along a relatively flat sidewalk with occasional glimpses of the glacier along the way. The public bus is much cheaper than other options, but it does require that walk in each direction.
  5. We spent our last night in Alaska in early June at the Fairbanks Westmark. Our room was fine. We ate at the Aloha BBQ restaurant, which is a couple of blocks into downtown from the hotel. There is a really funky gift shop across from the Aloha BBQ, which is worth checking out.
  6. Route 1 goes from the Downtown Transit Center to Savikko Beach. https://juneaucapitaltransit.org/routes/douglas/
  7. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan has a Junior Ranger Program. It is a museum administered by the United States Forest Service as part of the Tongass National Forest. They honor National Parks passes and provide wi-fi as part of the entry. It's across the street from the Lumberjack Show.
  8. Assuming that you're staying at the McKinley Chalet Resort, which is the HAL owned hotel near Denali, there is shuttle service to the National Park Visitor Center, so you do not have to walk. There is free shuttle service within the park to nearby facilities, including the sled dog area. https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/courtesy-shuttle-buses.htm
  9. If you zoom in, you should see the bus stops in the very center of the map. They are Mendenhall Loop Road just west of Glacier Spur Road (the road to the Glacier). The bus stops are on the Mendenhall loop. Buses loop around the loop and then take Glacier Highway to/from downtown. Buses in both directions are heading downtown. Take the first bus you see. Pay fare on the bus.
  10. Nearest public bus stop to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is at https://goo.gl/maps/Rb6z6BfaJ2zfFPjP7 It's a 1.5 mile walk on a wide sidewalk through woods with occasional views of the glacier.
  11. That is not true in all jurisdictions. My niece and her fiance wanted to both change their last names to a new name when they were married, but had to go through legal name changes to do so.
  12. Avis Alaska has its own web-site at https://www.avisalaska.com/ Try booking through there.
  13. dfilpus

    Juneau Car Rental

    We're planning a very similar itinerary for our Juneau DYI excursion. In addition to all of the sites on the above list, we are planning going over to Douglas Island. On the north end of the island, there is a boat launch with a great view of the sound with Mendenhall Glacier across the water. Going south on the island, there is Homestead Park and Savikko Park and Treadwell Mine, with views of Juneau across the water. We may also get to the Last Chance Mining Museum and the Point Bishop-Dupont Trail at the south end of the highway. A rental car gives access to so much more around Juneau.
  14. To clarify, for a 7-day cruise, the unlimited laundry package is $49 for the cruise. The wording implies that it is $49 per day.
  15. dfilpus

    Which land tour?

    If your cruise stops in Skagway, you can take the White Pass Yukon as an excursion while in port.
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