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Alaska - the 49th state

The two RV Gypsies have been to Alaska 3 times by RV (2009, 2015 & 2016), and once by a big cruise ship in 2004, which cannot begin to compare to the RV trips. The Cruise Ship is not included on this TOC, but will be added later in the new Flashback section. Changes and additions are always being made to this very large site.

FYI: Go here if you want to explore Alaska in the order of occurrence, or by a specific year and then you do not need the menu below, which is designed to help you look for a specific place or activity in Alaska.

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You may scroll down this page and choose what parts of Alaska you wish to visit, or you can use this menu to JUMP to specific sections:

Jump Menu - 8 sections: choose any of the 8 sections below:
1-basic information about Alaska
2-Adventure Activities 3-Glaciers
4-Anchorage
5- Fairbanks
6- Denali (McKinley) mountain
7- basic alphabetical list of places not in the special categories above.
8- Campgrounds, Hotels and Restaurants

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Basic information about Alaska
bullet Alaska map & site menu for photos and history of individual cities
bullet Alaska travel notes - day vs. night - Toursaver book - Canada entry
bullet Alaska history, time zone, flag, Capital, state flower, state song, etc.
bullet Alaska - Bumps and Gunk
bullet Alaska Hwy: beginning of the Alaska Hwy-Dawson Creek BC
bullet Alaska Hwy: end of Alaska Hwy Delta Junction, milepost, July 6, 2016
bullet Alaska Hwy: end of Alaska Hwy-Delta Junction-Knotty shop -pipeline facts - 2 pages - July 20, 2009
bullet Alaska Pipeline (The Trans-Alaska Pipeline) - some history & facts - 2009
bullet Alaska Pipeline - Tanana River, Pipeline Pig, different views, 2016

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Adventure activities
bullet Alyeska Aerial Tramway in Girdwood - June 16, 2009
bullet ATV Adventure - rough and dirty ride in Denali - July 5, 2009
bullet ATV Adventure - Knik Glacier #1-the backcountry of Palmer, Alaska June 13, 2009
bullet ATV Adventure - Knik Glacier #2 & crossing a very high river - July 24, 2009
bulletATV Adventure - Knik Glacier #3 and Karen's accident - July 14, 2016 - 2 pages
bullet Floatplane (seaplane) ride #1 June 29, 2009 - views of Mount McKinley (Denali Mtn)
bullet Floatplane adventure #2 from Talkeetna & a scary surprise - 3 pages
bullet dog cart ride at Chena Hot Springs with family
bullet dog sled - coming soon
bullet horseback riding at Chena Hot Springs Lee and his granddaughter - August 2009
bullet Horse-drawn covered-wagon ride in Denali - July 4, 2009i
bullet Jeep backcountry tour through mud and water - July 6, 2009 (near Denali)
bullet Jet Boat Adventure (Mahay's) to an Indian Encampment -June 30, 2009
bullet Jet Boat Adventure (Mahay's) to an Indian Encampment - July 21, 2016
bullet Jet boat ride with kids -August 2009
bullet kayak trip in Fairbanks - July 10, 2016
bullet Panning for gold in Kantishna after an 89 mile bus ride to view wildlife
bullet Segway tour of Anchorage with family - July 19, 2016
bullet White-water rafting in Denali with family - 2 pages - July 2016

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Glaciers - they are constantly changing and moving, so each visit is completely different.
bullet Glaciers - Bear Glacier in Resurrection Bay - largest glacier in Kenai Fjords Nat'l Park plus Dall Porpoises - June 19,2009
bullet Glaciers - Columbia/Mears Glacier Excursion-caving & wildlife (5 pages)
bullet Glaciers - Columbia/Mears Glacier Excursion #2 (with family) -a newly formed cave = 1 page
bullet Glaciers - Matanuska Glacier and a hike to a big lake - June 10, 2009
bullet Glaciers - Matanuska Glacier - completely changed - July 23, 2009
bullet Glaciers - Matanuska Glacier with Karen's sister - hike using crampons - July 18, 2016 - 2 pages
bullet Glaciers - Portage Glacier Cruise: bergie bit, growlers & waterfalls 6/28/09
bullet Glaciers - Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise #1 & Surprise Glacier - June 17, 2009
bullet Glaciers - Prince William Sound / Stan Stephens Glacier Cruise with family - July 16, 2016 - 2 pages & wildlife
bullet Glaciers - Salmon Glacier - 2009
bullet Glaciers - Salmon Glacier - 5th largest in the world - marmot & bears - July 24, 2015
bullet Glaciers - Valdez Glacier - June 7, 2009
bullet Glaciers - Valdez Glacier with family - August 10, 2009 - different from 1st & a big climb up a hill
bullet Glaciers - Valdez Glacier with family - July 17, 2016
bullet Glaciers - Worthington Glacier 2009 - first visit- a walk on the glacier
bullet Glaciers - Worthington Glacier August 10-11-,2009 with kids & newly formed Ice Cave - 2 pages
bullet Glaciers - Worthington Glacier - July 17, 2016 with family - and a newly formed waterfall plus informative signs

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Anchorage
bullet Downtown Anchorage, carvings, Wild Berry Park, Inuksuk - July 26, 2009
bullet Sled Dog Rodeo and Musher Dallas Seavey
bullet Anchorage, carvings, monuments, the Sleeping Giant, Light Speed Planet Walk - July 19-20, 2016
bullet fish hatcheries , fishing jumping up the dam - July 20, 2016

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Fairbanks
bullet Entering Fairbanks for the first time in 2009
bullet airport, bowl carving, campground,& the northernmost Denny's in the world
bullet downtown Fairbanks - July 9-15, 2009
bullet downtown Fairbanks- July 2016 - with family-mile marker, Inuit statue, antler arch - 2 pages
bullet Georgeson Botanical Gardens -black Forget-me-nots & large cabbage - 2009
bullet Georgeson Botanical Gardens, giant cabbage, fancy bridge, flowers - July 25, 2016
bullet Great Alaskan Bowl Company in Fairbanks - July 9, 2016
bullet Pioneer Park Gold Rush Town, a sternwheeler, carvings plus 7/14/09
bullet Pioneer Park & some Old-Time Photos with family - August 8, 2009
bullet Pow Wow - July 10, 2016
bullet Riverboat Discovery Cruise/Iditarod dogs/ Fish Camp- trip 1 - July 12, 2009
bullet Riverboat Discovery Cruise & the Fish camp - trip 2 - August 2009
bullet Riverboat Discovery Cruise #3 with family - July 9, 2016
bullet WEIO - World Eskimo Indian Olympics - awesome
bullet Farthest North Square/Round Dance Center, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

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Denali (Mt McKinley) - mountain & NP
Note: This is for Denali Mountain only - other places in Denali are in the alphabetical section.
bullet Denali - first views and facts - June 29, 2009
bullet Denali View South - Viewpoint of Denali Mountain
bullet Denali Viewpoints with family, informative signs - July 2016
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bullet Denali Nat'l Park - 1st trip - July 2 & 3, 2009 - wildlife & more
bullet Wildlife in Denali NP - July 2009
 
bullet Denali National Park with kids - 2nd trip - August 2009
bullet Wildlife in Denali NP - August 2009
 
bullet Denali Nat'l Park trip #3 with family, July 12, 2016, - 4 pages - great views of the mountain, bus to Kantishna (the 4th page is wildlife)

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Alcan
More Alaska listed Alphabetically
bullet air vents & coffee shops - all quite unique
bullet Alcan - Beaver Creek Crossing 2016-1 of 5 border crossings into Alaska
bullet Anchor Point - No. America's Most Westerly Hwy Point/ & lots of eagles
bullet Aurora Ice Museum & Hotel at Chena Hot Springs with family
bullet Chena Hot Springs, Ice Museum/Hotel and geothermal plant - 2 pages- trip 1
bullet Chena Hot Springs with family - August 2009
bullet Chena Hot Springs - July 28, & August 4, 2016 - moose, info about the resort
bullet Chicken - The Fortymile Caribou Herd history - The Pedro Dredge
bullet City with a population of ONE, plus some unique travel photos
bullet Chugach Nat'l Forest hike -Trail of Blue Ice in Portage, bergie bits
bullet Dallas Seavey - dinner with Dallas - multiple time Iditarod dog sled winner
bullet El Dorado Gold Mine in Fox, Alaska - trip 1- train ride and panning for gold
bullet El Dorado Gold Mine/ $40,000 gold nugget (NOT Karen & Lee's)
bullet Glennallen and Mt. Drum - the Hub of Alaska's road system
bullet Haines, Chilkoot Lake, & a bear fishing plus the campground
bullet Hatcher Pass and a view of the Knik Glacier, rivers, mountain peaks
bullet Homer Spit and lots of bald eagles, sandhill cranes, glacier views
bullet Hyder - Friendliest Ghost Town in AK - bears & Salmon Glacier -2009
bullet Hyder - grizzly bears & 5th largest glacier in the world - 2015
bullet Independence Mine State Historical Park, history
bullet Jeff King's Husky Homestead (Iditarod Camp), plus a moose
bullet Mount Wrangell, Lake Willow, scenery and a moose
bullet Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska - July 19, 2016
bullet North Pole - The Santa Claus House, 2 RV parks and a hike -2 pages - trip 1
bullet North Pole - trip 2 with family - August 4, 2009
bullet Old Railroad Tunnel
bullet Olnes City, AK - city with population of one, yet two cabins plus driving scenery
bullet Palmer: Musk Ox Farm
bullet Pow Wow - July 10, 2016
bullet Miners Plaza & Gold Rush Restaurant in Denali
bullet Richardson Hwy, more pipeline, moose, Donnelly Dome & more
bullet RV repairs - extensive -June 17 - August 9, 2016
bullet Seward & salmon jumping upstream plus Bear Creek RV Park - 2 pages
bullet Skagway - July 3, 2016 - White Pass summit, waterfalls, Mile 0, centennial statue, & more
bullet Sled dogs in training at Denali National Park
bullet Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula - moose, beaches, fishing areas and more
bullet Soldotna travel to Anchor Point - scenery
bullet Talkeetna & a view of Mount McKinley (Denali Mtn), Cafe Michele
bullet Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, plus a moose - 2016
bullet Tok & Tok RV Village 2009
bullet Thompson Pass near Valdez - the snowiest place on earth - 2009 & 2016
bullet Thompson Pass with family - plus waterfalls at Keystone Canyon - August 10, 2009
bullet travel day past Olnes City with a population of One & other sites
bullet Travel to Denali and views of Mt. McKinley, the igloo, & more
bullet travel from Soldotna to Anchor Point and Homer
bullet Travel to Valdez and The Tiekel River 2009
bullet Travel through Wasilla and Willow, & Houston Fire Department
bullet travel day from Fairbanks to Haines (via the Yukon Territory) bad roads
bullet Valdez - 1: Old Valdez, Valdez Glacier, eagles, waterfalls 2009
bullet Valdez - a coyote, Valdez Harbor & a small plane ride - August 2009 with family
bullet Valdez - July 16-17, 2016 with family - waterfalls at Keystone Canyon, Stan Stephens Harbor Plaza, and rabbits.
bullet Wasilla, Willow and Houston - July 28, 2009
bullet Whittier: Beluga Point-Turnagain Arm plus the train/car tunnel 6/16/09
bullet Wild Berry Park & dinner dog show w/ Dallas Seavey
bullet Wildlife
bullet Wolf Country, USA - wolves that were in the movie with Sean Penn
bullet World Eskimo Indian Olympics - WEIO in Fairbanksawesome

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Campgrounds, Hotels, Restaurants in AK
Note: sometimes the two RV Gypsies were in a hotel because their RV was in repair.
bullet Best Western Hotel at Valdez Harbor Inn & Eagle's Rest RV Park & Cabins - July 16-17, 2016
bulletThe Bridgewater Hotel after picking up family at airport - 2016
bullet Cafe Michele in Talkeetna - two visits
bullet Creekwood Inn in Anchorage, clever paintings - July 19,2016
bullet Denali Rainbow Village Campground - July 2009
bullet Denali Rainbow Village Motel with family - July 11, 2016
bullet Denny's in Fairbanks - the northernmost Denny's in the world
bullet Glacier View-Grand View Cafe RV Park/weird shaped mtn & glacier
bullet Grizzly Bear Campground in Denali and a thief
bullet Long Rifle Lodge in Glacier View - with family - July 18, 2016
bullet Miners Plaza and Gold Rush Restaurant in Denali with family - July 11, 2016
bullet Palmer: Mt View RV Park-Matanuska Peak Trail & moose
bulletPortage Valley RV Park in Whittier & a short hike to view an un-named glacier
bullet River's Edge Campground in Fairbanks
bullet RV repairs - extensive -June 17 - August 9, 2016
bullet Sheep Creek Lodge and Restaurant in Palmer, AK
bullet Talkeetna Denali Valley View Lodge with family - 2016

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