8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Kenai Fjords National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Norfolk

2
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.
On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then stop by Cabin Fever.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary planning app .

Norfolk to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Norfolk to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Norfolk in May, with highs in Anchorage at 59°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

1
night
Seward

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Seward trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anchorage in June, plan for little chillier days in Seward, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Things to do in Seward

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hike along Harding Ice Field Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Exit Glacier.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kenai Fjords National Park trip planner .

Kenai Fjords National Park is very close to Seward. In June, daytime highs in Kenai Fjords National Park are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

1
night
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Denali, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kenai Fjords National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Kenai Fjords National Park in June, expect nights in Denali National Park and Preserve to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

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Denali ©
Denali
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

2
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks tour itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©

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