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Old 09-25-2022, 08:27 AM   #1
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Does it get crowded in Alaska in the summer? Is it difficult to get in some CGs and do the roads get congested? I get the sense that it has (or will) become like out NPs in the lower 48.
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We only encountered crowding around large cities. RV parks along both highways into/out of AK OTOH are usually nearly full with tour caravans during summer months.


The different tour organizers collaborate each spring to make sure they all know when/where the others will be overnighting or staying a few days. This eliminates overcrowding and confusion.
Interior highways and roads away from AK towns seem to never be busy.
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Does it get crowded in Alaska in the summer? Is it difficult to get in some CGs and do the roads get congested? I get the sense that it has (or will) become like out NPs in the lower 48.
We were there in June, July, and early August. The only time you will have a problem with campgrounds is when the caravans are scheduled in the particular camp. With a little planning and patience, you will be able to get a camp. Not to mention, you can dry camp almost anywhere.
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The Kenai Peninsula can appear crowded. We did it in August and not bad. We used the City Park in Seward for camping - front window water view with ships and otters floating on their backs from our front window. Used the Homer Spit boondocking in Homer. Denali National Park front section gets the majority of tourists. We stayed there in Riley Creek C.G. for 5 nights and then moved to Teklanika campground for 5 nights. Once we got to Teklanika it was awesome. None of the roads going up were crowded and sometimes we didn't even see other vehicles for a while.
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The Kenai Peninsula can appear crowded. We did it in August and not bad. We used the City Park in Seward for camping - front window water view with ships and otters floating on their backs from our front window. Used the Homer Spit boondocking in Homer. Denali National Park front section gets the majority of tourists. We stayed there in Riley Creek C.G. for 5 nights and then moved to Teklanika campground for 5 nights. Once we got to Teklanika it was awesome. None of the roads going up were crowded and sometimes we didn't even see other vehicles for a while.
Can you compare Homer to Seward, in terms of scenery, towns, CGs, etc. We are thinking of going to Homer but not necessarily Seward.
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Each one is different but both are beautiful and not to be missed - as long as you planned to go to one. Just do some Google searchs to get an idea. There are many sites to give you ideas.

https://vacationidea.com/adventure/b...er-alaska.html

We stayed on the Homer Spit. We also were walking in town and were admiring the hanging flower baskets. A woman noticed and started a conversation about the lovely flowers. She invited us up on the ridge overlooking the waters to her home for lunch and to see her flower and vegetable gardens. What an interesting experience! Her husband cooked us a just-caught halibut lunch sandwich - he loves fishing and she supplied a salad from her garden. We spent a few hours with them listening to their stories of living there.

This is what Seward has to offer. We loved it, also.

https://www.alaska.org/destination/seward/things-to-do

We took a glacier cruise out of Seward and also out of Valdez to Columbia Glacier. Be sure to get the 2/1 Coupon book online before your trip. It will save you a lot of money and there are many things in it to use all along your trip.

Unless you like crowds don't go the July 4 weekend. The locals love to take trips there.

On your way down from Anchorage be sure to stop at Portage Glacier - we stayed at Williwaw national forest campground right there.

.... wish we were going back!
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