We are from Ohio and visiting Alaska on a low budget for 2 weeks in late June-July. We will have a small rental car. We would like to do a lot of day hiking, but while we are experienced hikers in tame Ohio and other parts of the east, Alaska wilderness will be a new experience. We have special interest in plant life, especially trees. Any random information would be appreciated! We will be flying in and out of Anchorage and our only commitment is a 3 day conference in Fairbanks.
Is is safe at all to leave a rental car at a trailhead? I am reading about a lot of vandalism. Since we probably can't bring camping gear, will it be easy to find cheap motels or hostels or are reservations a must in the summer? Thanks!