6 days in Alaska Itinerary

6 days in Alaska Itinerary

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6 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Diego

1
day
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then admire all the interesting features of University of Alaska Fairbanks, and then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip planner .

San Diego to Fairbanks is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Fairbanks. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Fairbanks to be cooler, temps between 7°F and -8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
University of Alaska Fairbanks ©
University of Alaska Fairbanks

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Family Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fairbanks in December: highs in Anchorage hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Holy Family Cathedral ©
Holy Family Cathedral

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Juneau attractions planning tool .

Getting from Anchorage to Juneau by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In December, Juneau is somewhat warmer than Anchorage - with highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Episcopal Church, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Juneau in December, with highs in Ketchikan at 40°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
St. John's Episcopal Church ©
St. John's Episcopal Church

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