12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 day
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Seward
— 1 night
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Anchorage

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alyeska Ski Area. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point, then explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and finally examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage tour builder app.

Newark to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Anchorage is minus 4 hours. In July, Anchorage is little chillier than Newark - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Denali State Park (in Trapper Creek) and Talkeetna (Hurricane Turn, Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, take a memorable drive along Mc Kinley Park Rd, contemplate the waterfront views at Wonder Lake, and explore and take pictures at Denali Highway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Traveling by train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Katmai National Park and Preserve

— 4 nights
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.
Katmai National Park and Preserve is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Brooks Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Naknek Lake, identify plant and animal life at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, and contemplate the geological forces at Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katmai National Park and Preserve travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Katmai National Park and Preserve. In July in Katmai National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Seward.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seward online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Seward. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seward

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.