19 days in San Francisco, Seattle & Fairbanks Itinerary

19 days in San Francisco, Seattle & Fairbanks Itinerary

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19 days in San Francisco, Seattle & Fairbanks Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Fairbanks
— 5 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: 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. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Baker Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

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Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for much warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Sonoma Coast State Beach, San Pedro Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Alki Beach and Seahurst Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, see the interesting displays at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Seahurst Beach Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
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

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
University of Alaska Museum of the North and Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Birch Hill Recreation Area. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Steese Hwy. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, trek along Ice Art Championships and George Horner Park, go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and examine the collection at Fairbanks Community Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fairbanks route tool .

You can fly from Seattle to Fairbanks in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Fairbanks. In December, Fairbanks is cooler than Seattle - with highs of 7°F and lows of -8°F. On the 30th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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