01 Feb Alaska Part1 : Vancouver & Anchorage
As you can see, I have traveled quite a number of places but certainly, my trip in Alaska is 1 of the highlight thus far and will start with sharing my Vancouver & Anchorage visit. Hence have breakdown my trip into several post to avoid a lengthy one:
Part1 = Vancouver transit & Anchorage
Part2 = The journey to Seward & around the town
Part3 = Cruising (Hubbard Glacier/Juneau)
Part4 = Cruising (Skagway/Icy Strait Point/Ketchikan)
Part5 = City of Vancouver
As this is a free & easy trip, below are my travel itinerary which I have self-arranged:
To start with, departed KLIA via ANA airline and transit in Tokyo. We arrived in Narita but need to depart Haneda airport and hence we need to take an hour bus changing from 1 airport to the other. Haneda initially an airport catering for domestic flights but after the new renovation, I felt it was better than chitose airport. Can view more on my trip to Hokkaido in this link.
Arrived Vancouver in the afternoon, but the flight to Anchorage only departs at night hence thought it will be a better option just spend a night in a hotel near the airport after a long journey (traveled with my family) We stayed in Richmond where it is an Asian area where we can easily find a lot of asian food. As it is only spending a night there, didn’t manage to venture much on Vancouver as there is plan returning to this place at the end of the trip. The only highlight I have is we manage to catch a glimpse on how filming is done (my first time viewing it).
Exploring around the hotel area as we are all exhausted but found a nice river just opposite the hotel:
Next day, took ~6hrs flight from Vancouver to Anchorage which is the largest city in Alaska. I have rented a car throughout my days staying in Alaska before boarding the cruise ship. As expected, it is a large city with minimal public transportation. I wouldn’t imagine how can I travel around without a car and I made the right decision in getting one. We did not do much in Anchorage, its about driving around the city enjoying the weather and of course the backdrop of the magnificent snow mountains at the back. Especially people like us which seldom have experience looking at snows. It all depends what your expectation is for the trip. Sorry there is no LV or Hermes or any shopping of those kind, but rather its all about nature and beautiful scenery beyond your imagination is what you get. Sharing a couple of pictures I took around Anchorage downtown and some of the natural park we “randomly” visited
That ends my post visit in Vancouver & Anchorage. Moving next to Seward and the beautiful drive to my next destination