15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kenai Fjords National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), trek along Willawaw Nature Trail and then head outdoors with Mt Baldy. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Beluga Point, then take in nature's colorful creations at Alaska Botanical Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Family Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage travel route site .

Dallas to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Dallas to Anchorage, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in Anchorage reach 57°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kenai Fjords National Park.

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Alaska Botanical Garden ©
Alaska Botanical Garden
Holy Family Cathedral ©
Holy Family Cathedral

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kenai Fjords National Park travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Anchorage to Kenai Fjords National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Wild about Denali. Get in touch with nature at Denali and Husky Homestead. Step out of Denali National Park and Preserve with an excursion to Denali State Park in Trapper Creek--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Kenai Fjords National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denali National Park and Preserve when traveling from Kenai Fjords National Park in September, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

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Denali State Park
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali State Park ©
Denali State Park
Denali ©
Denali

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Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): trek along Angel Rocks Trail, then contemplate the long history of Alaskan Pipeline, then take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Alaska House Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chena Lake Recreation Area, and then wander the streets of Downtown Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Fairbanks are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

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Chena Lake Recreation Area, Alaskan Pipeline
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Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary
Alaska House Art Gallery ©
Alaska House Art Gallery

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Anchorage

Anchorage ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hatcher Pass and Chugach State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Take a break from Anchorage with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier, about 1h 05 min away. Enjoy Anchorage some more: head outdoors with Turnagain Arm, hike along Crow Pass National Historic Trail, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, Anchorage is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Kayaking & Canoeing, Hatcher Pass
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Turnagain Arm ©
Turnagain Arm
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Kayaking & Canoeing