9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Palmer
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 24th (Sat), go deep underground at Independence Mine State Historical Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmer visit planning website .

San Francisco to Palmer is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Palmer hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Palmer

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Reindeer Farm ©
Reindeer Farm
Independence Mine State Historical Park ©

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, then look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, and finally view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Talkeetna online route planner .

Traveling by train from Palmer to Talkeetna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Parks Nature Shopping
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Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Byers Lake ©
Byers Lake
Alaskan War Veterans Memorial ©
Alaskan War Veterans Memorial

2
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 26th (Mon), go for a walk through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then hike along Angel Rocks Trail, and then make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Talkeetna in April, things will get a bit cooler in Fairbanks: highs are around 43°F and lows about 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Back Alley Rock Shop, contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin, and then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier. On the next day, stroll through Yakutania Point, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, contemplate the long history of State Sreet and Broadway Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Skagway day trip app .

You can fly from Fairbanks to Skagway in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In April, Skagway is a bit warmer than Fairbanks - with highs of 49°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point
Moore Cabin ©
Moore Cabin

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, then stroll through Mount Roberts Trail, and then hike along Perseverance National Recreation Trail.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Juneau road trip planner .

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in April, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail
Mendenhall Glacier ©
Mendenhall Glacier

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Rain Barrel, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then stroll through Deer Mountain Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Museums Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
The Rain Barrel ©
The Rain Barrel
Tongass Historical Museum ©
Tongass Historical Museum

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