56 days in Anchorage & Portland Itinerary

56 days in Anchorage & Portland Itinerary

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56 days in Anchorage & Portland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 27 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
2
Portland
— 27 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

27
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.
Appreciate the collections at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Indian Valley Mine & Gifts. Escape the urban bustle at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Get out of town with these interesting Anchorage side-trips: Whittier (Fishing Charters & Tours, Portage Pass Trail, & more), Palmer (Independence Mine State Historical Park, Government Peak Recreation Area, & more) and Wasilla (Wasilla Creek Wetlands Trail & Settlers Bay Golf Course). Make the 11th (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Spend the 18th (Tue) on the rails with a train tour. There's much more to do: gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, hike along Friends of Eagle River Nature, explore the activities along Lake Eklutna, and explore the striking landscape at Matanuska Glacier.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anchorage day trip site .

Newark to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Newark to Anchorage. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Anchorage reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Palmer, Whittier, Alaska, Wasilla
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

27
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
You'll explore and learn at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Get outdoors at Haystack Rock and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, & more), Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner) and The Historic Carousel and Museum (in Albany). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Dedicate the 18th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, browse the exhibits of Columbia River Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Portland online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Portland in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Portland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Anchorage in July, you will find days in Portland are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Salem
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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