9 days in Fairbanks, Talkeetna & Anchorage Itinerary

9 days in Fairbanks, Talkeetna & Anchorage Itinerary

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9 days in Fairbanks, Talkeetna & Anchorage Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Austin

3
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Escape the urban bustle at Angel Rocks Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Alfred Starr Cultural Center & Museum and Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Alaskan Pipeline, take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Community Museum, and get your game on at Gold Daughters Alaska.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip site .

Austin to Fairbanks is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Austin to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in October; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 37°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Alfred Starr Cultural Center & Museum, Alaskan Pipeline
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gold Daughters Alaska ©
Gold Daughters Alaska

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Talkeetna itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fairbanks to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fairbanks in October, expect nights in Talkeetna to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Talkeetna Riverfront Park ©
Talkeetna Riverfront Park

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts and Alaska Jewish Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hatcher Pass and Virgin Creek Falls Trail. The adventure continues: get outside with Turnagain Arm, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point, and hike along Willawaw Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Anchorage takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatcher Pass
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

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