11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey builder

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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 1 day
Drive
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Whittier
— 1 day
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Space Needle, walk around Discovery Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

Phoenix to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in May, you will find days in Seattle are colder (68°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, take in the awesome beauty at Denali, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Denali National Park and Preserve in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in May: high temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve hover around 60°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Talkeetna

— 1 day
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna by train takes about 5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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 3rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage route builder website.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Whittier

— 1 day
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 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Whittier trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Anchorage to Whittier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anchorage in June: high temperatures in Whittier hover around 59°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Tours

Seward

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, then meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seward journey planner.

Drive from Whittier to Seward in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Seward are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.