10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
Bus
2
Talkeetna
— 1 day
Train
3
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Bus to Denali, Train to Fairbanks
4
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Chena Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Fairbanks International Airport, 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 where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Anchorage online driving holiday planner.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Anchorage reach 57°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 1 day

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 3 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve route maker site.

Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then stop by Santa Claus House, and then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip planning app.

You can fly from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 36°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chena Hot Springs.
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Side Trip

Chena Hot Springs — 2 nights

Chena Hot Springs is a hot spring, resort, and unincorporated community in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States, 56.5 miles northeast of Fairbanks near the Chena River State Recreation Area. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chena Hot Springs vacation site.

Getting from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Chena Hot Springs can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).
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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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