8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fairbanks
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Sitka
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 14th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fairbanks sightseeing planner.

Washington DC to Fairbanks is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Washington DC to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get much colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 13°F and lows about -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Anchorage

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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Anchorage is a bit warmer than Fairbanks - with highs of 29°F and lows of 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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Sitka

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sitka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Anchorage to Sitka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in November; daily highs in Sitka reach 44°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.