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Alaska is a great place to visit! Did a DIY trip there back in 2015. Hit Talkeetna, Barrow (now Utqiaġvik), Anchorage and Seward with some side trips to Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks!

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Interesting article. To bad they didn't talk to the smaller business owners. Costs are going to be higher this year for a number of reasons. The biggest reason, I think, is because we make most of our income during the summer and by losing last year we are all hurting. Another reason is that some people overbook. They will reserve 2 or 3 cars (or rooms, etc), to 'guarantee' they have something when they arrive. This affects the supply and demand as it looks like 2-3 people are coming rather then just 1. Having retired from the business I know the rental agents talk to each other so we know how many vehicles are available at any given time and adjust the rates according.

Alaska is a great state but as the article says you can't see it all in a few days. It would be like trying to see Paris, Zurich and Rome in a week. You could do it but wouldn't see much. People look at the map and say gee we could land in Anchorage, drive down to Homer then up to Denali then back to Anchorage in 4 days. It's 5.5 hours to Homer from Anchorage and 4.5 hours to Denali from Anchorage. So there's 1 full day just driving back and forth to each place so your 4 days just became 2. Then you have to account for road work delays and accidents that can tie things up for hours. Most of the roadways here are 2 lane.

I'm happy to help with any questions just PM me. May not have the answer but might be able to point you to the right place.

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I looked into visiting Alaska this summer and it was coming up more expensive than Iceland. For me both are a 6 hour flight; I chose Iceland.

To give a sense of the impending crowding: previously from Minneapolis in the summer there were 4 nonstops/day to Alaska. This summer a third airline (Alaska Air) is joining in offering service and there will be 8-9 nonstops/day among the 3 airlines.

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Tom MN--We are looking to go to Alaska in September after Iceland in August;) We won't be doing the tourist things though, just going up to visit family in the bush for the annual moose hunt.

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We tried to do a DIY visit a few years ago. Ended up way too expensive so we opted for a cruise with a couple extra days at the end .