17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + Fly + bus + foot + train:  39​h
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, stop by Cabin Fever, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip planner .

Los Angeles to Anchorage is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get colder in Anchorage: highs are around 28°F and lows about 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

2
nights
Seward

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.
On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then browse the collection at Seward Community Library & Museum. On the next day, see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seward road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In February, Seward is a bit warmer than Anchorage - with highs of 35°F and lows of 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

2
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North and then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks visit app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Fairbanks in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Seward in February, with highs in Fairbanks at 11°F and lows at -9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, make a trip to Trickster Company, then stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Juneau trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Juneau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Fairbanks in February, expect Juneau to be much hotter, temps between 36°F and 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay ©
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ketchikan tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Juneau in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°F in Ketchikan. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake ©
Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake

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.
Denali has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 23rd (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Wild about Denali.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ketchikan to Denali National Park and Preserve in 39 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ketchikan in February: highs in Denali National Park and Preserve hover around 29°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

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