11 days in Alaska Itinerary

11 days in Alaska Itinerary

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11 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + train:  10​h
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Jose

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night
Seward

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 6th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary builder app .

San Jose to Seward is an approximately 10-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Seward is minus 1 hour. While traveling from San Jose, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

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1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alaska Bear Adventures as well as Kachemak Bay State Park. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park and then get a bird's-eye view with Alaska Bear Adventures.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Anchorage.

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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Alaska Bear Adventures ©
Alaska Bear Adventures

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Portage Glacier, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Homer in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Anchorage, with lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Portage Glacier ©
Portage Glacier
Virgin Creek Falls Trail ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail

3
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.
On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve road trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 7.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 28°F. You will leave for Juneau on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

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nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then don't miss a visit to Trickster Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau online trip itinerary maker .

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. Traveling from Anchorage in October, Juneau is a bit warmer at night with lows of 38°F. On the 12th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

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