9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska holiday planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
— 3 nights


Anchorage — 2 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alyeska Ski Area and Cook Inlet. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kincaid Park and Seward Hwy. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of Eagle River Nature, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and engage your brain at Imaginarium Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage sightseeing app.

Los Angeles to Anchorage is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Anchorage, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get colder in Anchorage: highs are around 48°F and lows about 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whittier.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

Whittier — 1 night

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Whittier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Whittier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Anchorage, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Whittier, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Seward.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Seward — 2 nights

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 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, then trek along Harding Ice Field Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Seward tour planner.

Traveling by car from Whittier to Seward takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Seward sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Valdez — 3 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier and then explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valdez route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Seward to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seward in April, with highs in Valdez at 38°F and lows at 25°F. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.