16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Drive to Valdez
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Valdez
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Valdez

— 1 night
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Your day by day itinerary now includes Worthington Glacier as well as The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake, then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez travel route planner.

Mumbai, India to Valdez is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -14.5 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Valdez hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Byron Glacier Trail, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Friends of Eagle River Nature, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Seward Hwy and Lake Hood Harbor. Step out of the city life by going to Alaska Botanical Garden and Virgin Creek Falls Trail. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Woronzof, take an in-depth tour of The Roundhouse at Alyeska, and don't miss a visit to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Valdez in May; daily highs in Anchorage reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. You've now added Byers Lake to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, then stroll around Talkeetna Lakes Park, then don't miss a visit to Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod, and finally explore the activities along Byers Lake.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Talkeetna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 4 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 off the beaten path and head to Savage River Loop Trail and Dog Gone It. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Horseshoe Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Denali Fly Fishing Guides, take in the awesome beauty at Denali, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve tour site.

Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Large Animal Research Station, Antler Arch, Running Reindeer Ranch, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Angel Rocks Trail and Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Alaska Highway and Elliott Highway. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Ice Museum, walk around Golden Heart Plaza, get outside with Adventures North, and take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Fairbanks visit planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.