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About dfilpus

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    North Carolina
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    Photography, Lighthouses, Waterfalls
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  1. dfilpus

    Train into Denali ?

    Gray Line Alaska is a tour company https://www.graylinealaska.com/about/ which offers tours which use the Alaska Railroad for transportation to Denali. Tours may include transfers to the railroad stations and hotel accommodations. The Alaska Railroad https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ is the railroad company. You can book rail directly from them. There are two classes of service.
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    HAL Website Comparing Itineraries

    At the bottom of the Holland web page is a link for E-Brochures. I found that the 2019 Alaska & The Yukon brochure has the best side by side comparison of itineraries.
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    Mendenhall Glacier

    Juneau Bus - https://juneaucapitaltransit.org/ $2 / trip for adults. Buses run once an hour, but there are two that run from downtown to Mendenhall. Mendenhall Visitor Center - https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/about-forest/offices/?cid=fseprd502109 $5, 15 yr old and younger free, or National Parks Pass.
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    Mendenhall Glacier

    If you take the public bus, it is a 1.5 mile walk from the bus stop to the Mendenhall Visitor Center, which may not be "easy" for some. The walk is a decent sidewalk with views of the glacier along the way.
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    Natural History Tour vs Tundra Wilderness Tour

    These tours are described on the National Park Service Denali National Park website. https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/bus-tours.htm
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    Land & Sea Tour--Worth it?

    Which cruise line? Which tour operator?
  7. When we booked our Alaska cruise for 2019, we worked from the Holland America physical guide "2019 Alaska & the Yukon - Land+Sea Journeys". This has been the only place we found what land tours are included in which Land/Sea tour. We booked D5C - 11 Day Double Denali, because we wanted to do the tour into Denali. On page 34 of that guide there is a chart of Journey Features cross referenced with Journey numbers. For example, the chart for D5 shows Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali and Riverboat Discovery in Fairbanks as included. The Tundra Wilderness Tour is shown as included in D1 through D6, which are the Double and Triple Denali Tours. D7 through D9 only have one night in Denali and do not include the tour. The code D5C is made up of D for Denali, 5 is the Land itinerary number and C for Cruise first (Cruise, do the land itinerary, fly home from Alaska). D5L is Land first (Fly to Alaska; do the land itinerary in reverse; cruise). Of the Double and Triple Denali Journeys, all of them except one end/begin in Fairbanks. That one is D6C/L. It has a long train day from Denali to/from Seward. You fly in/out of Anchorage. We wanted to visit Kenai Fjords National Park, which is accomplished by an excursion on debarkation day in Seward and transfer to Anchorage, which works with a D5C itinerary. We didn't have any strong desire to visit Fairbanks, but the itinerary worked best for us.