10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Seward
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to New York City

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Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Go for a jaunt from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs to see Chena Hot Springs Resort about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 26th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and see the interesting displays at Aurora Ice Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks online trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Fairbanks is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 7°F and lows reach -8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Anchorage

— 4 nights

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.
Spend the 30th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Kincaid Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, hit the slopes at Arctic Valley Ski Area, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fairbanks in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Seward

— 2 nights

Alaska Starts Here

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Seward tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Seward: highs are around 34°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Alaska travel guide

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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.