9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Seward
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary maker tool .

San Francisco to Seward is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Seward due to the time zone difference. In November, Seward is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center
Helicopter Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then look for gifts at Cabin Fever. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum, then tour in style with a train tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Star the Reindeer.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage vacation planner .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Traveling from Seward in November, expect Anchorage to be slightly colder, temps between 29°F and 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Rail Tours

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the top attractions with Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, then learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and finally see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fairbanks travel route planning site .

Getting from Anchorage to Fairbanks by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Anchorage in November, things will get slightly colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 13°F and lows about -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan

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day
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
On the 26th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Fairbanks in November, expect Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to be much warmer, temps between 34°F and 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 27th (Wed), stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC and then explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

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night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, then view the masterpieces at The Soho Coho, and finally admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, Ketchikan is somewhat warmer than Juneau - with highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Dolly's House Museum ©
Dolly's House Museum

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