11 days in Alaska Itinerary

11 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Anchorage
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive
3
McCarthy
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Whittier
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Whittier
— 1 night
Drive
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Katmai National Park and Preserve
Drive
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Seward
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 1 night
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Anchorage

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Anchorage trip planner.

Washington to Anchorage is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in September, expect nights in Anchorage to be slightly colder, around 44°F, while days are cooler, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

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.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve driving holiday website.

You can take a train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

McCarthy

— 2 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. On the 6th (Mon), go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Alpine - Day Tours.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the McCarthy online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to McCarthy. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in McCarthy

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Valdez

— 1 night
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Valdez day trip planner.

You can drive from McCarthy to Valdez in 4.5 hours. Traveling from McCarthy in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valdez, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whittier.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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. On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Whittier holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Whittier in 5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. September in Whittier sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Tours

Katmai National Park and Preserve

The volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of brown bears who spend their summers fattening up on the plentiful salmon that fill the wilderness area's rivers and streams.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Brooks Falls.

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Explore your travel options from Whittier to Katmai National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Katmai National Park and Preserve are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Seward

— 1 night

Alaska Starts Here

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 11th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seward travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Seward. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Anchorage

— 1 night

The City of Lights and Flowers

On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planner.

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

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.