The only summit flight operator out of Talkeetna is Talkeetna Aero. You need to book that NOW. If I understand you, you are on a land tour with no independent transportation? The Ayleska Hotel has some tours to consider? Are you staying there?
Frankly with your short time I would NOT stay 2 nights in Girdwood, there isn't much in the area unless you are an intense hiker. PWS boat tours do not require a stay in the area. Instead I would definately consider Seward instead, far more to see and do, way more activity and dining options.
I am going to be in Ketchican in August and have signed up for the two bear watching excursions that the Regal Princess is offering. Trying to decide which one is better. Any information ?
Thanks , Marjorie
There are no bear viewing excursions out of Girdwood, which is an Anchorage suburb almost, and none that I know of out of Talkeetna. I would suggest you go to the Alaska Game and Fish commission website and look up bear viewing. The most popular areas are across Cook Inlet from Homer and Anchorage, a short plane flight, but some of these require reservations and they even have an annual drawing to permit a small group to fly in. Almost any of the companies that specialize in bear viewing will have prices and daily flights. I think the bear viewing down in the Ketchican area is probably pretty good as there area some wilderness areas, although I drove to Hyder, Alaska and saw the only grzzly I ever saw in the wild in Alaska. For that matter, most of the Alaska natives I ever met had never seen a brown bear or a grizzly in the wild. They are not that common.