8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Homer
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 15​min
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h
6
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 30​min
End: Columbus

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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Homer online tour planner .

Columbus to Homer is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Columbus to Homer due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Columbus in September: high temperatures in Homer hover around 57°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Norman Lowell Gallery ©
Norman Lowell Gallery

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Seward

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 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bear Glacier, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marathon.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward route maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature Parks
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Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier
Bear Glacier ©
Bear Glacier

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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 10th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, then get engrossed in the history at Wells Fargo Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In September in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums Historic Sites
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Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Wells Fargo Museum ©
Wells Fargo Museum

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Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 11th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then shop like a local with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Talkeetna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

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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 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali.

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Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

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Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then go for a walk through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and then don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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