10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

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10 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h 15​min
7
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  8​h
End: Denver

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fairbanks holiday website .

Denver to Fairbanks is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Denver in July, with highs in Fairbanks at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve
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.
To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning site .

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 31st (Tue), you're off toSeward.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Tours Parks

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night
Seward

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.
On the 1st (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Seward road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Seward in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in July, expect nights in Seward to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

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nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planning website .

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Anchorage sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 4th (Sat), don't miss a visit to St. Nicholas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Juneau online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

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night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

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