18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
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Fairbanks — 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip website.

San Antonio to Fairbanks is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in January: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 6°F and lows are around -10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
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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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, trek along Kincaid Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage holiday app.

Getting from Fairbanks to Anchorage by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in January, you will find days in Anchorage are a bit warmer (26°F), and nights are much warmer (15°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Juneau.
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Juneau — 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau travel route planner.

Fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Anchorage in January, with highs in Juneau at 37°F and lows at 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.
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Sitka — 6 nights

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

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Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Juneau in January; daily highs in Sitka reach 44°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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