10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Whittier
— 1 night
Drive
4
McCarthy
— 1 night
Drive
5
Copper Center
— 1 night
Drive
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train to Anchorage, Fly to San Francisco

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Anchorage — 1 night

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage travel route app.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage is minus 1 hour. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Anchorage, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. You will leave for Seward on the 12th (Sun).
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Seward — 2 nights

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seward online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in June: highs in Seward hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whittier.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Whittier — 1 night

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Whittier trip builder site.

Getting from Seward to Whittier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. June in Whittier sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to McCarthy.
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McCarthy — 1 night

McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our McCarthy vacation site.

Traveling by car from Whittier to McCarthy takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Whittier in June, you will find days in McCarthy are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copper Center.
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Copper Center — 1 night

Copper Center is a census-designated place on the Copper River in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. On the 16th (Thu), head outdoors with River Wrangellers and then get a dose of the wild on Copper Country Discovery Tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Copper Center road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from McCarthy to Copper Center takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Copper Center can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 nights

The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Copper Center to Denali National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.
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Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve travel guide

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World heritage site · National Parks · Hiking Trails
America's Largest National Park
The glaciers and icefields of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to shape its landscape, which stretches from cloud-shrouded peaks to the waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The park's 53,320 sq km (20,587 sq mi) area is larger than Switzerland, while 5,489 m (18,008 ft) Mt. St. Elias stands as the second-highest peak in the United States. The park is far from other mainstream Alaska attractions, so it offers visitors the chance to really experience "Wild Alaska," including massive glaciers and ice-fed rivers. The mountains, meadows, forests, rivers, lakes, and coast serve up plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, mountaineering, hunting, and sea kayaking. The park prides itself on offering plenty of genuine wilderness and therefore limits the facilities it offers, so you'll need to be prepared with supplies.
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