42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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42 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  22​h
1
Juneau
— 10 nights
car:  7​h
2
Fairbanks
— 8 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Valdez
— 6 nights
car:  4​h 30​min
4
Whittier
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
5
Anchorage
— 10 nights
fly:  20​h
End: Auckland

10
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Go for a jaunt from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see Bartlett Cove about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Discover how to plan a Juneau trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Juneau is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 21 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Juneau when traveling from Auckland in May, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Inside Passage, Bartlett Cove
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, take a memorable drive along Steese Hwy, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks road trip site .

Getting from Juneau to Fairbanks by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©

6
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Valdez is known for nature, wildlife, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound, examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, head outdoors with G'day Charters, and take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fairbanks in June: highs in Valdez hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Whittier.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Alaska
Highlights from your plan
Prince William Sound ©
Prince William Sound
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Matanuska Glacier ©
Matanuska Glacier

5
nights
Whittier

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Whittier: Vagt Lake Trail (in Moose Pass), River Rafting & Tubing (in Cooper Landing) and Palmer (Pioneer Falls, Reindeer Farm, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at College Fiord, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the activities along Crescent Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Whittier road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Whittier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Valdez in June, expect nights in Whittier to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palmer, College Fiord, Crescent Lake, Vagt Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
College Fiord ©
College Fiord
Reindeer Farm ©
Reindeer Farm

10
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Anchorage side-trips: Independence Mine State Historical Park (in Palmer) and Bearpaw River Brewing Company (in Wasilla). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planning app .

Drive from Whittier to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Whittier in June, expect Anchorage to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Seward Hwy, Bearpaw River Brewing Company, Independence Mine State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

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