9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 1 night
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Coldfoot
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks

— 1 night

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fairbanks vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Pittsburgh to Fairbanks is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pittsburgh in August, with highs in Fairbanks at 67°F and lows at 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Coldfoot.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Coldfoot

— 2 nights
Coldfoot is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Coldfoot route planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Coldfoot by car takes about 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You will leave for Denali National Park and Preserve on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Coldfoot

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 nights
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.
On the 12th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, then stroll through Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Denali and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve journey maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Coldfoot to Denali National Park and Preserve. In August, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure

Anchorage

— 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

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 14th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Cabin Fever, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage in 8 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.