21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kenai Fjords National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 1 night
Bus to Anchorage, AK - Museum, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 11 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. On your second day here, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Anchorage. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Kenai Fjords National Park

— 2 nights

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Pederson Glacier and then step off the mainland to explore Fox Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Exit Glacier, enjoy the sand and surf at Clam Gulch, and then hike along Harding Ice Field Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kenai Fjords National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Anchorage to Kenai Fjords National Park with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Kenai Fjords National Park are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Seward

— 1 night

Alaska Starts Here

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 27th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seward trip itinerary maker app.

Seward is just a short distance from Kenai Fjords National Park. In August, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Seward

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 11 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denali National Park and Preserve: Denali State Park (in Trapper Creek) and Talkeetna (Byers Lake, Hurricane Turn, &more). Spend the 1st (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Seward to Denali National Park and Preserve in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, stop by Santa Claus House, and then find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. September in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.