Alaska, state forty-nine, by the numbers:
Total miles: 1,111
Total money gained: $0
Total money spent: $280.05
Other transport: $92 (toll and flight to Alaska)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $142.85 (+ $200 for flight) = $342.85
Total under budget: $62.80
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($206.50 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $10 ($485 from $80)
Number of free meals: 3
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 4
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total nights spent in the airport: 1
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 3
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 3
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 0
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 11
Total “Am I done yet…?” moments: 1
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 25
Go to Alaska in the summer and experience perpetual daylight – it’s trippy, but kind of awesome.
Denali National Park – beautiful. I could have spent days there easily. I recommend the Horseshoe Lake Trail for an easy hike, and definitely check out a Sled Dog demo at the Sled Dog Kennel.
Earthquake Park – easy trail to a great view of Anchorage – lots of interesting information about the 1964 earthquake.
Anchorage Market and Festival – interesting local artists and crafts – nice vibe.
Anchorage Museum – SO. MUCH. FUN. – Start at the Imaginarium Discovery Center if you’re really crunched for time.
Kenai Fjords National Park – I didn’t spend enough time here, but it was beautiful. I definitely recommend checking out the Exit Glacier. So. Cool!
ALASKA THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
Fairbanks – maybe I didn’t try hard enough, but not much to do.
North Pole – I mean, I literally went because it was only twenty minutes from Fairbanks, so if you happen to be in Fairbanks anyway – it’s pretty much what you’d expect – a Christmas themed town.
Alaska Wild Berry Products – meh – the chocolate waterfall is not as impressive as I’d hoped and the chocolate and ice cream was about average – not really worth a special trip – though if you’re trying to kill time sure.
Potter Marsh Wildlife Viewing Boardwalk – all I saw were birds.
Whittier – so, it will cost you $13 just to get there, but I thought it was worth $13 just to drive three miles through a mountain on a one way road. The town itself was kind of creepy since it’s so secluded, and the townspeople no longer all live and function in one building so it’s not really that interesting, but if you’re needing to kill some time, sure – check it out. The fudge is excellent!
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