wow great minds think alike. I just bought a Vortex Viper 6.5 x 20 x 44 off a forum up here in Alaska for 200.00. Great scope. Matched it up with a LaRue LT-104 and let me tell you that is one sweet set up. Always returns to zero and lets me protect my scope while traveling around.
I have been here 36 years and probably have only seen little over half of it. I suggest looking at the cruse ships that will be coming up here when you decided to come. They have buses and train trips that will get you out and let you see a good part of the state for the amount of time you have allotted for yourself.
Take care and you will enjoy Alaska when you do get up here. Just bring warm clothing, its a little cooler than Florida.