10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Fairbanks
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Talkeetna
— 1 night
train:  6​h 30​min
4
Whittier
— Few hours
ferry:  5​h 45​min
5
Valdez
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Anchorage
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, then get your game on at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fairbanks day trip planning tool .

San Francisco to Fairbanks is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Fun & Games
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Gold Daughters Alaska ©
Gold Daughters Alaska
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, then trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

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. June in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna road trip website .

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You will leave for Whittier on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

few
hours
Whittier

Whittier
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Whittier trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Seward to Whittier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Whittier can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

few
hours
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Whittier to Valdez by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. When traveling from Whittier in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Valdez, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Museums
Highlights from your plan

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then stroll through Willawaw Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

2
nights
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 14th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marathon, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seward travel route planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anchorage, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

few
hours
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop and then head outdoors with Mt Baldy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planning app .

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop ©

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