9 days in Los Angeles & Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles & Alaska Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 1 night
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Oakland

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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Manhattan Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path will get you outdoors. Norton Simon Museum and The Broad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Long Beach Waterfront (in Long Beach). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

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San Francisco to Los Angeles is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 1 night

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 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alyeska Ski Area, and then explore the activities along Cook Inlet.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Anchorage by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Anchorage, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, things will get colder in Anchorage: highs are around 34°F and lows about 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks road trip planning app.

You can fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Anchorage in March, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Fairbanks: temperatures range from 23°F by day to -3°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Ketchikan

— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street and then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Fairbanks to Ketchikan in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in March, with highs in Ketchikan at 44°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.