By Tonya Mott, Vice President of Operations
I know you’re probably thinking it’s way too early to start thinking about booking campsites for the 2021 summer but I promise, you are wrong. Let this blog post be a warning that if you want to camp at the most beautiful campgrounds and get the prime spots you have to book at least 6 months in advance (some up to a year in advance).
Most of the places I mention in this article were booked in February 2020 for this summer.
Here’s how we spent the infamous summer of 2020.
Porcupine Campground – Hope, Alaska Click here for details and reservations
- The view of the inlet from our campsite – Hanging with Papa (campsite #12)
- Fishing – Showing these girls how to properly hold a fish
- Hiking trails – Before and after (That’s my nephew in the background, in his pack on the ground and passed out)
- Exploring unique little town of Hope – Menu at the Seaview Café & Bar
- You’re in the mountains and have beautiful views of valleys and glaciers
- Fishing – One spot has its own private lake access
- Hiking trails – My husband thought it would be a good idea to ride the wagon down the trail. That ended with him on the ground and a bent wheel.
- Exploring Valdez
Savage River Campground – Denali Park, Alaska Click here for details and reservations (this one was summer of 2019)
- The views of the mountains and the park
- Hiking trails – The river hike is beautiful and kid friendly. My sister almost lost her stroller (sans kid, thankfully) to the Savage River. Naughty buggy, was the name given to her stroller by the New Zealand tourist that was so graciously taking our family photo as it took off down the hill. My brother-in-law saved the day and caught it as it was about half way in the water.
- Denali Park and the visitor center. They had all kinds of kid’s activities. My niece, Olivia is officially a Junior Park Ranger.
2020 has been a strange year to say the least but I will say it has been one of the best summers for our family. We explored this great state of Alaska from the north, east, south, and west ends! We are looking forward to new adventures in 2021.