Where are you from? How many in your group.
I'm arriving a day early in Vancouver so I can take tour to Vict. Is. on Sun. 8/24. Parents will fly up that day & we'll have a late dinner when I return that evening-that's actually my mother's birthday, but don't tell anyone. I'm having a cake for her at our dinner table first nite of the cruise. As a surprise.
I haven't booked out hotel in Vancouver yet. (I'm a PT travel agent & I book my clients stuff ASAP.) I want to say where I stayed 3 summers ago. Downtown area (I think!-maybe it was the "Starbucks" area. When I walked back to my hotel from family's hotel, I passed 4 (that's right 4!) of them & our hotels were just barely 2 blocks apart. It has biz center & internet access which I'll need Mon. am before we sail. Also has a small gym...close to shopping, etc. If you haven't been to Vancouver before, I'd suggest Stanley Park, especially if you have kids. We went there 3 years ago & my 11 year old cousin Brady really enjoyed it. They'll even let you get into the water (special waterproof outfits) & feel the seals. Since I've done that, I'm heading up to Buschart Gardens & high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Monday, before we sail, I want to pick up some Clinique make Up & other items-our dollar is very strong so should be a good bargain. At least it was 3 years ago.
In Skagway, I'll take their 2 hour horseback ride. I've been on their bus tour to Carcross, Canada (that's what my folks will do) & it was GREAT. Goes much further than the Whitehorse train tour & we had a GREAT guide. We saw no wildlife but he says there usally is some. In Juneau, no need for tour=just take the tram (family took tour 3 years ago & said waste of $$$-I didn't take it & we kept running into each other! But, book your salmon bake in Juneau-from what we heard, it was the best of all the different cities/towns.
In Anchorage, we'll bus or get limo/driver & go directly to Denali where we will stay for 2 nites. Take the midnight express train back to Anchorage & fly home at 1am (Yikes!) that night. Well, we'll fly home all night & I'll be back in my office by 10 the next am. I'm self employed so concerned about how biz will be handled with me gone. I'll be checking in daily by cell phone & email, etc.
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