8 days in Anchorage & Fairbanks Itinerary

8 days in Anchorage & Fairbanks Itinerary

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8 days in Anchorage & Fairbanks Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take an in-depth tour of The Roundhouse at Alyeska, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Anchorage tour planner .

New York City to Anchorage is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Anchorage. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Anchorage at 48°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Zoo ©
Alaska Zoo

3
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Anchorage in April, expect Fairbanks to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°F and 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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