8 days in Alaska & Tampa Itinerary

8 days in Alaska & Tampa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Anchorage
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Tampa
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Anchorage

— 1 night

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 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and then steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary maker website.

New York City to Anchorage is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In December, Anchorage is colder than New York City - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Museums

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 26th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: stop by Santa Claus House, then see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Community Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and finally learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

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

Getting from Anchorage to Fairbanks by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Anchorage in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Fairbanks: temperatures range from 7°F by day to -8°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampa.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Tampa

— 3 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Popular historic sites such as Sarasota National Cemetery and Ybor City are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Duncan McClellan Gallery and St. Petersburg Clay Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Siesta Key Rum (in Sarasota), Siesta Beach (in Siesta Key) and Florida National Cemetery (in Bushnell). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Imagine Museum, view the masterpieces at Morean Art Center, shop like a local with Florida CraftArt, and look for gifts at La Faraona Cigars.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampa itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Tampa in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Fairbanks in December; daily highs in Tampa reach 78°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.