11 days in Alaska Itinerary

11 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Pole
— 1 night
Drive
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Valdez
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Anchorage

— 1 night

The City of Lights and Flowers

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 30th (Thu): head outdoors with MotoQuest and then admire all the interesting features of Westchester Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Alaska Botanical Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anchorage online trip itinerary builder.

Durham to Anchorage is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Anchorage, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Denali and Byers Lake. Kids will appreciate attractions like Husky Homestead and Savage Alpine Trail. Take a break from Denali National Park and Preserve with a short trip to Denali State Park in Trapper Creek, about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

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Getting from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 5th (Tue), stroll around Golden Heart Plaza, see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, and then hike along Angel Rocks Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden and then take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fairbanks tour site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to North Pole.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Trails · Museums · Outdoors

North Pole

— 1 night
North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Chena Lake Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our North Pole trip planner.

North Pole is just a stone's throw from Fairbanks. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Valdez.

Things to do in North Pole

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Fun & Games

Valdez

— 1 night
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Valdez day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from North Pole to Valdez takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from North Pole in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Anchorage

— 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, then cruise along Seward Hwy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hood Harbor.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Anchorage route planner.

You can drive from Valdez to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

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Alaska travel guide

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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.