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By Umesh Sharma Posted in Travel
Kenai Fjord National Park

Kenai FJords National Park (Exit Glacier)

Exit Glacier is around 12 miles from Seward. This is the only portion of the Kenai Fjords National Park accessible via road. We went to see Exit Glacier while returning back from Seward. This glacier is quick and easily accessible. we did a quick walk on trail took some photos of the glacier. Here are some photos to share with you…

Need Suggestions: 10 Days Trip To Alaska

Thank you all for your suggestions. Finally we are ready for Alaska trip. I have updated my itinerary as per your suggestions and seems to be doable. Please let me know if you have any further suggestions. Also as we are vegetarian, please suggest options for vegetarian restaurants in Alaska.

Alaska
Hi,

I am planning an 10 days trip to Alaska in July 2013. I have booked flight on 4th July week end.

My Plan is as follows:
Fly to Anchorage on Friday evening.
Day 1: Drive to Denali Nation Park and take Denali Tour
Day 2: Hike into Denali Nation Park
Day 3: Drive to Fairbanks and relax in hotel
Day 4: Take morning flight to To Barrow. See around in Barrow
Day 5: Come back to Fairbanks from Barrow and Drive back till Denali Sate Park (Approx 4 hour drive)
Day 6: Drive to Seward
Day 7: Kenai Fjord NP Cruise Tour
Day 8: Drive to Homer and Stay at Homer
Day 9: See around in Homer and Stay At Home
Day 10: Drive back to Anchorage. See around in Anchorage
Day 11: Fly back to Minneapolis.

please suggest. I am not much aware of Alaska. What are the other attractions must cover and if i can skip any from above.

Thanks,

Sand Dunes Buggy Ride

Silver Lake State Park, Michigan

This was a road trip of past. We drove from Chicago to Silver Lake State Park on a week end for camping. Before going, I searched what are the activities we can do in the state park and I found, Silver Lake State Park is famous for dune riding. I would say this park has as much as dune riding fun as Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah. Just out side the state park you can rent dune buggy or off road vehicles. This parking has an excellent swimming beach on the Michigan Lake and a historical light house, Little Sable Point Light house.

We reached there on Friday evening, next morning we went on beach. First we climb on the light house. It was so beautiful all around from the top. We went on beach after spending sometime on light house. Later in the afternoon we rented the ORV and did a guided adventure tour of dune riding. it was so much fun. Our guide was so expert in dune riding and one hour was full of fun. In the evening we came back to our camp site and spend a relaxing time. Next morning we headed back to Chicago. This was a one of memorable trip and if I get chance I would love to go there again. Here are few photos to share with you.

Spring At Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

A Trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

 

We are just back from our Memorial Day Road Trip to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. It was a quick two day road trip. We started Saturday morning from Minneapolis, driving on Interstate Highway 35W/35. On the way we took a break at Banning State Park. There we had quick picnic. After spending around an hour there we headed further to Bayfield, WI(Gateway to Apostle Islands). We took another stop at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center,but  the Visitor Center was just closed so we were not able to go inside. There was an observation tower, we missed going there but we took information catalogs and headed further. We reached Bayfield around 6:00 O’clock in evening. We just walked along the shores for awhile, then had dinner and went back to the Hotel.

Next morning we took the Apostle Island Cruise Tour. This was around 3 and half hour boat tour which circles almost all 21 islands in the area. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of lake Superior. Many of these islands have Light Houses and we got a chance to see a few of them. The most beautiful part of tour was the sea caves on Devils Island. There are many beautiful rock formations. These caves were sculpted from the billion year old sandstone bedrock exposed through the island’s surface. Another attractions of the tour was the Raspberry Island Light House. After the boat tour we took a scenic tour of Highway 13. It was almost 4:30 and we headed back to Minneapolis. On the way we took a stop at a gas station, took some scenic photos. This was a quick and beautiful trip. Here are some photos to share with you.