23 days in Alaska, Bellingham & San Francisco Itinerary

23 days in Alaska, Bellingham & San Francisco Itinerary

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23 days in Alaska, Bellingham & San Francisco Itinerary

Auckland Central
Fly:  27​h
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Coldfoot
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Fairbanks
— 1 night
train:  11​h 30​min
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Juneau
— 2 nights
ferry:  20​h 30​min
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry:  17​h
Bellingham
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  3​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Auckland Central

2
days
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 25th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Gold Daughters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Angel Rocks Trail, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and then admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to Fairbanks is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -21 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Auckland Central in February: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around -13°C and lows are around -26°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coldfoot.

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2
days
Coldfoot

Coldfoot
Coldfoot is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Dalton Highway.

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Drive from Fairbanks to Coldfoot in 6.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to -15°C, and evening lows to -28°C. You'll set off for Anchorage on the 2nd (Sat).

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1
day
Fairbanks

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Drive from Coldfoot to Fairbanks in 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coldfoot in March: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around -5°C and lows are around -22°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anchorage.

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Georgeson Botanical Garden
Georgeson Botanical Garden

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Anchorage Museum and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, Anchorage is somewhat warmer than Fairbanks - with highs of 1°C and lows of -9°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Juneau.

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum
Anchorage Museum

2
days
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Alaskan Pipeline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perseverance National Recreation Trail and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Anchorage in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Juneau, with lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

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Alaskan Pipeline
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Alaska Powder Descents
Alaska Powder Descents
Juneau Arts & Humanities
Juneau Arts & Humanities

2
days
Ketchikan

Ketchikan
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Totem Bight State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then get interesting insight from Misty Fjords Air & Outfitting, Inc., and finally get interesting insight from Explore Alaska Charters, LLC.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Bellingham.

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Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©

2
days
Bellingham

Bellingham
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Chain Lakes Loop. On your second day here, wander the streets of Fairhaven Historic District, see the interesting displays at Whatcom Museum, then examine the collection at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, and finally see the interesting displays at Mindport Exhibits.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Bellingham in 5.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ketchikan to Bellingham due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ketchikan in March; daily highs in Bellingham reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

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Whatcom Museum
Whatcom Museum
Mindport Exhibits ©
Mindport Exhibits

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and V. Sattui. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Reyes Seashore National Park (in Point Reyes Station) and Tomales Bay State Park (in Inverness). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

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Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Bellingham to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bellingham in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

V. Sattui, Point Reyes Seashore National Park, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West, Tomales Bay State Park
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park

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