6 days in Fairbanks & Anchorage Itinerary

6 days in Fairbanks & Anchorage Itinerary

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6 days in Fairbanks & Anchorage Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 1st (Sat), hike along Ice Art Championships and George Horner Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then identify plant and animal life at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Fairbanks Ice Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, then see the interesting displays at Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display, then identify plant and animal life at Large Animal Research Station, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co..

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary planning site .

San Francisco to Fairbanks is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Fairbanks is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
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Gold Daughters Alaska ©
Gold Daughters Alaska
Fairbanks Ice Museum ©
Fairbanks Ice Museum
HooDoo Brewing Company ©
HooDoo Brewing Company

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Chugach National Forest and Alyeska Ski Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musk Ox Farm and Midnight Sun Brewing Co.. Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Independence Mine State Historical Park in Palmer--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage travel planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Anchorage, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Palmer, Chugach National Forest
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Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

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