8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whittier
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 1 night
drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Chena Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Palmer
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Anchorage
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Jose

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night
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.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anchorage route maker app .

San Jose to Anchorage is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Anchorage is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 44°F at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Whittier.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Whittier

Whittier
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour and then make a trip to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Whittier itinerary planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Whittier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Whittier are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Whittier to Anchorage takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toDenali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors Tours Parks

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Wild about Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 7.5 hours. In September in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toChena Hot Springs.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Denali ©
Denali
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs ©
Chena Hot Springs is a hot spring, resort, and unincorporated community in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States, 56.5 miles northeast of Fairbanks near the Chena River State Recreation Area. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chena Hot Springs trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Chena Hot Springs with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in September since evenings lows in Chena Hot Springs dip to 34°F. On the 9th (Mon), you're off toPalmer.

Things to do in Chena Hot Springs

Parks Nature
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Chena Hot Springs Resort ©
Chena Hot Springs Resort

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night
Palmer

Palmer
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Palmer holiday planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chena Hot Springs to Palmer. Traveling from Chena Hot Springs in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 41°F in Palmer. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anchorage.

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Anchorage

Anchorage ©
On the 10th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Palmer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

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