12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip itinerary planner

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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly

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Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Georgeson Botanical Garden and Alaskan Pipeline. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birch Hill Recreation Area, and trek along Angel Rocks Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Fairbanks. July in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Talkeetna

— 3 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod and Denali State Park. There's much more to do: stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, shop like a local with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, explore the activities along Byers Lake, and sample the tasty concoctions at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Talkeetna day trip planning app.

You can drive from Fairbanks to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Nature · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Palmer

— 4 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Explore hidden gems such as Hatcher Pass and Pioneer Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Palmer side-trips: Sutton (Matanuska Glacier Adventures & Matanuska Glacier State Recreational Site). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte, admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, take in the awesome beauty at Lazy Mountain, and relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Palmer online trip maker.

Drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 25th (Sun), see what you can catch with Valdez Saltwater Adventures, get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier and then explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake.

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

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Valdez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Valdez, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.