20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fairbanks
1
Fairbanks
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
2
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  20​h
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fairbanks

8
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Get in touch with nature at Chena River State Recreation Area and Skiland Mt Aurora. When in Fairbanks, make a side trip to see Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along Steese Hwy. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, examine the collection at Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display, indulge your taste buds at The Alaska Salmon Bake at Pioneer Park, and trek along Ice Art Championships and George Horner Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Fairbanks. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Fairbanks

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Chena Hot Springs Resort
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chena Hot Springs Resort ©
Chena Hot Springs Resort
Chena River State Recreation Area ©

1
night
Seward

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seward trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fairbanks to Seward in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Fairbanks in October, expect Seward to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
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Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Kenai Fjords National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Helicopter Tours. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Eklutna Village Historic Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then meet the residents at Alaska Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Seward in October, Anchorage is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Denali, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Lake Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Denali State Park
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Denali State Park ©
Denali State Park

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You've now added Northern Passages and Glacier Bay to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Alaska Knifeworks, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Juneau takes 20 hours. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°F in Juneau. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline

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