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Old 24th of May 2008 (Sat)   #1
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Default Best Alaska Photo Tours/Workshops???

I'd like to go to Alaska this summer, but don't want to do the normal bus tour thing. Do you have any suggestions for a good photo tour or workshop?

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Old 31st of May 2008 (Sat)   #2
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Best way to do Alaska is on your own. I work in the hotel industry up here and see too many people on "chartered" trips being rushed to be at a certain place at certain times.

Rent a car. Drives you wanna do are Seward (about 2.5 hours from Anchorage), Homer (about 4 hours from Anchorage), Denali National Park (3 hours-ish), Girdwood/Whittier/Portage (45 - 60 min).

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Old 31st of May 2008 (Sat)   #3
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Isn't Homer there are a lot of Bald Eagles?

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Isn't Homer there are a lot of Bald Eagles?

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Default Re: Best Alaska Photo Tours/Workshops???

I agree it's best to go on your own, unless you just feel you have to have pro help. Anybody using the internet can find more than enough scenic places and get advice on best times, etc. I hate to be part of a crowd, adjusting to another's schedule, waiting a turn to see something, trying to keep people out of the scene, etc, etc. Then there's the cost of a workshop or tour. It ain't cheap.
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Some great advice has already been given. ... Rent a car and get away from the beaten path. You will find that Alaska is HUGE. Sure, go ahead and take pics of the glacier, bald eagles, salmon fisheries, totem poles, etc., etc. ... But then try to get into the back country. Wake up EARLY and stay out LATE. Bring a macro lens if you have one. And the longest telephoto you have won't be long enough!! Have fun
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Before we went to Alaska a friend who ran a campground there told me the Kenai Fjords National Pard boat tours were a must see. Turned out to be the highlight of our trip with great photo opps. Here is the link

http://www.kenaifjords.com/

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See, now you're making me want to go there and if I go there, I'll probably move there and I'm hating the winter more and more these days...


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See, now you're making me want to go there and if I go there, I'll probably move there and I'm hating the winter more and more these days...


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Stop it I say! Stop it!



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Best way to do Alaska is on your own. I work in the hotel industry up here and see too many people on "chartered" trips being rushed to be at a certain place at certain times.

Rent a car. Drives you wanna do are Seward (about 2.5 hours from Anchorage), Homer (about 4 hours from Anchorage), Denali National Park (3 hours-ish), Girdwood/Whittier/Portage (45 - 60 min).
That is just what we are doing. We are flying into Anchorage 6/7 and driving to Denali on 6/9 for about 4 days of exploring. Back to Anchorage with trips to Seward/Homer and other places yet to be deterimined.

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I would say, do it on your own. There are plenty of beautiful B&B's in every town, and most people are very willing to help you find your way around. I would say fly in to Anchroage, spend a day getting rested and relaxing. Then head to Homer for a few days, and visit the Spit and sit behind the Lands End hotel and view the eagles and the bay, maybe even do some charter fishing. you could always take a charter trip to katmai and do some bear viewing. then head to Seward for a few days and do a boat tour of Kenai Fjords national park, KFT is the best,and the longer the tour the better. Maybe some kayacking, oh and you must eat at the Salmon Bake, as well as the Ressurection Roadhouse. MMM, now i am hungry. then end your trip with a few days in Denali park. You should get to see most types of wildlife you would want to see, eagles, bear, moose, humbacks, orca........ Send me a PM if i can do anything to help.
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I'd sure be glad to give you some pointers if you'd like!! Give me a timeframe...
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