19 days in Alaska Itinerary

19 days in Alaska Itinerary

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19 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Homer
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Seward
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Juneau
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  13​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 23rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, and then stop by Santa Claus House. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden and then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks tour builder tool .

Washington DC to Fairbanks is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get cooler in Fairbanks: highs are around 67°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, then look for gifts at Wild about Denali, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve travel route site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Go for a jaunt from Talkeetna to Palmer to see Independence Mine State Historical Park about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, make a trip to Nagley's Store, and take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna visit app .

Take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. In August in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Independence Mine State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Independence Mine State Historical Park ©
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©

1
night
Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preserve ©
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.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Brooks Falls.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Katmai National Park and Preserve online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Talkeetna to Katmai National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brooks Falls ©
Brooks Falls

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 31st (Mon), get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Homer Spit, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Homer day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Homer. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

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 2nd (Wed), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Seward trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Seward sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Seward

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

2
nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bartlett Cove.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve day trip website .

Explore your travel options from Seward to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In September in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau. In September, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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