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 15​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:  13​h 45​min
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. On the 2nd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Russian River Falls, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cooper Landing trip planner .

San Diego to Cooper Landing is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Cooper Landing is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Cooper Landing reach 62°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Cooper Landing

Tours Outdoors 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 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whittier trip builder app .

You can drive from Cooper Landing to Whittier in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Palmer.

Things to do in Whittier

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): go deep underground at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore and take pictures at Reindeer Farm, and finally trek along Bodenburg Butte.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palmer trip planner .

Getting from Whittier to Palmer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can 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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, then explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palmer to Valdez takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Palmer, expect little chillier 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 5th (Mon) 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 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and finally explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Valdez to Haines takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In August in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

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