13 days in Alaska Itinerary

13 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Train to Newark, Fly to Anchorage
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Train to Anchorage, Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Boston

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Anchorage

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, explore the striking landscape at Portage Glacier, and then take a tour by water with Portage Glacier Cruises.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage online route planner.

Boston to Anchorage is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Boston to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Boston in August: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 66°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Seward

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fishing Charters & Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Exit Glacier. Attractions like Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Holgate Glacier make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Seward sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Homer Spit and Fishing Charters & Tours. Kids will enjoy Photography Tours and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and head outdoors with Brooks Alaskan Adventures - Private Day Charters.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip site.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Denali and River Rafting & Tubing. Family-friendly places like Husky Homestead and Mc Kinley Park Rd will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Denali Photo Guides and stop by Wild about Denali.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve trip site.

Getting from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and train takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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.