15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 day
Train
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Seward
— 3 nights
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Anchorage — 1 day

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 27th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage journey planner.

Newark to Anchorage is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Newark to Anchorage. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Anchorage reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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 Talkeetna (Byers Lake & Hurricane Turn). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage River Loop Trail, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Brooks Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, admire the majestic nature at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Naknek Lake.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Katmai National Park and Preserve. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Seward.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Seward — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seward holiday maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel 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 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

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.