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  1. You could fill a day with a hike on the Matanuska Glacier and a visit to Hatcher Pass. Another day could be filled with a visit to Whittier and Prince William Sound Glacier cruise.
  2. Will you have a rental car?
  3. Search Facebook for a group called "Hoonah Focus" and ask there...
  4. Yes, they have rental cars at the Fairbanks Airport. You'll pay the one-way drop off fee. Backtracking: I see a lot of people wanting to avoid backtracking. Keep in mind, you'll be facing the opposite direction and looking at completely different views. So I don't think backtracking is a negative like everyone portrays it....
  5. These guys offer shorter trips: http://www.discoveryvoyages.com/ https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/cruises/spring-safari/
  6. Anchorage's People Mover bus makes a stop at the airport: http://www.muni.org/Departments/transit/PeopleMover/Pages/Route40Schedule.aspx That would be your cheapest option. Here's the contact info for luggage storage: http://dot.alaska.gov/anc/travelerInfo/passengerSrvcs.shtml?freezer Taxi cost? I think around $20? But I would call them and ask: 907-222-2222 There's also Uber and Lyft.
  7. There really isn't a "bad" seat. They all have great views out the window...
  8. Selection in Whittier will be really limited. Pick up what you need in Anchorage before you head to Whittier, assuming you are not going straight from the Airport to Whittier...
  9. I think I'd rather miss out on what Seward offers in order to take a Kenai Fjords cruise. Either way you'll miss something, and I would choose the cruise over Seward.
  10. The dates you listed ( August 23-27 to Sept. 10-13 ) would work for fall colors. With 14 days, you'll have plenty time for what you listed. And you could throw in a day at the Alaska State Fair. The drive to Valdez is one of my favorites. And as an FYI, no one in Alaska refers to the highways by their numbers. We typically don't even know what the numbers are. From Fairbanks to Valdez would be the Richardson Highway.
  11. For the land portion, I would recommend planning on doing that portion of the trip on your own with a rental car. Don't use the pre-packaged canned trips from the cruiselines. In Addition to the help you get here on CruiseCritic, you can also get a lot of good land trip advice on the sister site, TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28923-i349-Alaska.html
  12. The Tesoro at 4608 Spenard Rd has a liquor store. That is .3 miles from the Courtyard By Marriott.
  13. I'd buy in Anchorage the night before. What area of town are you staying in?
  14. The transit shuttles travel the same road as the Natural History Tour and Tundra Wilderness Tour, but they go much further into the Park and are much cheaper. You might consider a shuttle to Eielson if you have the time and really want to see the Park: https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm
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