12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska tour itinerary builder

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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
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Juneau
— 1 night
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Sitka
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 10th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks travel planner.

Oklahoma City to Fairbanks is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Oklahoma City in January, with highs in Fairbanks at 6°F and lows at -10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 4 nights

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.
Spend the 14th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, stroll through Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, hike along Kincaid Park, and hit the slopes at Arctic Valley Ski Area.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Anchorage travel planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Anchorage by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fairbanks in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Anchorage, with highs around 26°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Alaska Powder Descents and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Juneau journey planner.

Fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in January; daily highs in Juneau reach 37°F and lows reach 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

Sitka

— 2 nights
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sitka journey builder.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Juneau in January; daily highs in Sitka reach 44°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.