19 days in San Francisco, Seattle & Fairbanks Itinerary

19 days in San Francisco, Seattle & Fairbanks Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Chicago

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and San Pedro Valley Park (in Pacifica). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: visit Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, San Pedro Valley Park, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get in touch with nature at Alki Beach and Mercer Slough Nature Park. Do your shopping at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pioneer Square. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Burien to see Seahurst Beach Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, browse the range of quality goods at Nordstrom Rack, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, and see the interesting displays at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle journey planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Seattle reach 47°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Seahurst Beach Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

5
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Birch Hill Recreation Area. Museum-lovers will appreciate University of Alaska Museum of the North and Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Steese Hwy. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, shop like a local with Two Street Gallery LLC, and take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Fairbanks in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Seattle to Fairbanks, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in December; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 7°F and lows reach -8°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
University of Alaska Museum of the North ©
University of Alaska Museum of the North

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