As a local it is my favorite thing to jump in the car and take in the beautiful views. If you are feeling up to it you can pull off at many points and go for a hike. If you are not up for a...More
IMHO there's NOTHING like having a knowledgeable guide for any strange area! As a former fishing guide I can say that anyone who fished with me was 99% more likely to catch fish than someone who had never been there and... More
IMHO there's NOTHING like having a knowledgeable guide for any strange area! As a former fishing guide I can say that anyone who fished with me was 99% more likely to catch fish than someone who had never been there and didn't know what/how/where to fish; as a traveler I will say there's nothing like getting lost 'in the middle of an island' (Hawaii, 1978) because you just don't know what is where. Suffice to say - I hire a guide if fishing where or for what I've never fished, and hire a guide/host to 'see the sights' if I've never been there before. And as the host to dozens of folks who have come to visit I know they wouldn't/couldn't get a part of the information, history, 'local flavor,' or experience without my input. As inferred by my posting on the Cook Inlet (and many other Alaskan places and things), and my total thrill of sharing this incredible country with others, I've spent hours mixing and mingling with tourists pointing out and describing things they never would have seen or understood. The best written description pales by comparison to the most rudimentary exchange with 'a guide.' Now, for your focus on 'cheaper...' Is it 'cheaper' to come all the way to Alaska and not get the full experience? Again, IMHO, it's foolhardy to spend thousands of dollars to not see what it really there. Just seeing the Boretide, which occurs at a specific time during the tide, is worth it - missing it by even a few minutes is worse than 'the one that got away,' and failing to look up on the cliffs and see the sheep/goats as you drive by is shameful. "You shoulda been here..." is not what you want to hear.