9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Train to Anchorage, Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Oakland

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Anchorage

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 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary builder site.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Anchorage at 57°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 4th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and then hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve vacation planner.

You can take a train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get in touch with nature at Tongass National Forest and Deer Mountain Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Creek Street and Totem Bight State Historical Park. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Caribou Creek Company, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and view the masterpieces at The Soho Coho.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online attractions planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Denali National Park and Preserve to Ketchikan in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in September, Ketchikan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.