8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Kenai Fjords National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Cooper Landing
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whittier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Haines
— 1 day
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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day
Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
On the 2nd (Fri), head off the coast to Fox Island, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pederson Glacier, and then trek along Harding Ice Field Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kenai Fjords National Park road trip app .

San Diego to Kenai Fjords National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Kenai Fjords National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get slightly colder in Kenai Fjords National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cooper Landing.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pederson Glacier ©
Pederson Glacier

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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 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Russian River Falls, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooper Landing road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kenai Fjords National Park to Cooper Landing. In August in Cooper Landing, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Cooper Landing

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.

For photos and tourist information, read our Whittier trip planner .

You can drive from Cooper Landing to Whittier in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Whittier can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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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 5th (Mon), make a trip to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, steep yourself in history at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, then get engrossed in the history at Wells Fargo Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Alaska Botanical Garden, and finally explore the activities along Lake Hood Harbor.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anchorage tour planner .

You can drive from Whittier to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Whittier in August, expect Anchorage to be somewhat warmer, temps between 66°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Museums Nature
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Alaska Botanical Garden ©
Alaska Botanical Garden
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Wells Fargo Museum ©
Wells Fargo Museum

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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 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Valdez trip maker website .

Getting from Anchorage to Valdez by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Anchorage in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature Parks Museums
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Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
Valdez Glacier Lake ©
Valdez Glacier Lake
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington 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.
On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Haines travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Valdez to Haines takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Davidson Glacier
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Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

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