8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Cooper Landing
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whittier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Palmer
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Haines
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: San Diego

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night
Cooper Landing

Cooper Landing ©
Cooper Landing is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States, about 100mi south of Anchorage, at the confluence of Kenai Lake and Kenai River. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Russian River Falls, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Plan my day in Cooper Landing using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

San Diego to Cooper Landing is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 1 hour. In August, Cooper Landing is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Cooper Landing

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Russian River Falls ©
Russian River Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Whittier

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Whittier trip planner .

Drive from Cooper Landing to Whittier in 1.5 hours. August in Whittier sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palmer.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore and take pictures at Reindeer Farm, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Palmer day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Whittier to Palmer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Bodenburg Butte ©
Bodenburg Butte
Horseback Riding Tours

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Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, then explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Valdez trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palmer to Valdez in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Palmer, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valdez, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature Parks Museums
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Valdez Glacier Lake ©
Valdez Glacier Lake
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
Columbia Glacier ©
Columbia Glacier

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Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films, then get interesting insight from Tours, then examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and finally explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

To find out how to plan a trip to Haines, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Valdez to Haines in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. August in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Davidson Glacier
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

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