12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Train:  7​h 15​min
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Tampa, Florida

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alaska ATV Adventures as well as Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see Alaska ATV Adventures, then contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then see the top attractions with Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Portage Glacier and then get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planner.

Tampa to Anchorage is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tampa in June: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours ©
Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Zoo ©
Alaska Zoo

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temsco Helicopters as well as Best of Alaska Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari. On the 29th (Mon), see Best of Alaska Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari, take an unforgettable tour with Temsco Helicopters, and then look for gifts at Wild about Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Denali and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve planner .

Getting from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of car and train takes about 7.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You will leave for Anchorage on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali

3
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), tour the old-fashioned way with Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail and then take in the natural beauty of Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Anchorage online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage by combination of train and car takes about 7.5 hours. On the 4th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Tour and Travel Day Tours ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail

3
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Take a break from Talkeetna with a short trip to Independence Mine State Historical Park in Palmer, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Aurora Dora.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna visit planning tool .

You can drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Independence Mine State Historical Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora

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