Hi all. My husband and I would like to see bears and salmon while on our trip and are in a dilemna.
Option 1: Fly to Katmai from Homer. Con: this is expensive and will call for hotel for one night in Homer.
Option 2: Russian River Falls by Cooper Landing. Cons: Spotting bears at end of June is not as guaranteed and not the same experience as Katmai, but will save significant cost and time.
If we skip Katmai are we really missing a huge experience? Will Russian River Falls be sufficient enough?
For reference we are in our 30s and fit. Plan to arrive in Alaska June 15th. Katmai would be around June 24. Our tentative itinerary goes like this: Anchorage > Hatcher Pass > Sheep Mountain > McCarthy > Valdez > Whittier > Seward > Homer > Girdwood > Anchorage.
Will there be other opportunities along the way to see bears and salmon?
Thanks in advance for all your help.