8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Anchorage
Drive:  2​h
1
Seward
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fairbanks
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Anchorage

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 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then trek along Exit Glacier.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seward route site .

Anchorage to Seward is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. August in Seward sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Seward Community Library & Museum ©
Seward Community Library & Museum

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Homer sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours
Bear Creek Winery ©
Bear Creek Winery

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.
On the 13th (Tue), hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anchorage itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Homer to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Alaskan Pipeline, then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. August in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alaskan Pipeline
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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.
On the 15th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali.

To find out how to plan a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 16th (Fri), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aurora Dora, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, and finally get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Talkeetna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Talkeetna can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©
Susitna Salmon Center ©
Susitna Salmon Center

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