48 days in United States Itinerary

48 days in United States Itinerary

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48 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Haines
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
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Hoonah
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Kenai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Kenai Fjords National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Whittier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
McCarthy
— 2 nights
Travel:  11​h 45​min
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Kodiak Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
17
Palmer
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h
18
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h
19
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Bartlett Cove.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. September in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 47°F at night. You will leave for Haines on the 4th (Fri).

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

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Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Haines is known for wildlife, museums, nature, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, explore the activities along Chilkoot River, and sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Haines trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. September in Haines sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Skagway planner .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hoonah.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Hoonah

Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Huna Tribal House, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Icy Strait Brewing, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoonah road trip planner.

Getting from Skagway to Hoonah by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Hoonah can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Sitka.

Things to do in Hoonah

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center ©
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center
Icy Strait Brewing ©
Icy Strait Brewing

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Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sitka online trip builder .

Getting from Hoonah to Sitka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Hoonah in September, Sitka is a bit warmer at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, steep yourself in history at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

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Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Herbert Glacier as well as Inside Passage. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Inside Passage, then head outdoors with Herbert Glacier, then make a trip to St. Nicholas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Inside Passage
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Zipline
Inside Passage ©
Inside Passage

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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pratt Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Homer trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. September in Homer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kenai.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

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Kenai

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 21st (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kenai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Russian River and then sample the tasty concoctions at Kenai River Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kenai trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Homer to Kenai takes 2 hours. In September in Kenai, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Things to do in Kenai

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Soldotna
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Russian River ©
Russian River
Kenai River Brewing Company ©
Kenai River Brewing Company

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Take a break from Kenai Fjords National Park with a short trip to Russian River Falls in Cooper Landing, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, explore the activities along Six Mile Creek, stroll through Clam Gulch, and hike along Harding Ice Field Trail.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kenai Fjords National Park travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kenai to Kenai Fjords National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Seward.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Russian River Falls
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Pederson Glacier ©
Pederson Glacier
Russian River Falls ©
Russian River Falls

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Seward

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 26th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bear Glacier.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seward online travel route builder .

Seward is just a short distance from Kenai Fjords National Park. September in Seward sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whittier.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

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Whittier

Whittier ©
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then go for a walk through Horsetail Falls Trail. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Whittier Harbor and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whittier driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Seward to Whittier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Whittier Harbor ©
Whittier Harbor

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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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and take in the natural beauty of Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip builder tool .

Drive from Whittier to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Rail Tours
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Valdez trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valdez, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

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McCarthy

McCarthy ©
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Wild Alpine - Day Tours. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Root Glacier Trail and go deep underground at Kennecott Copper Mine.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to McCarthy fast, fun, and easy.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Valdez to McCarthy. Traveling from Valdez in October, McCarthy is little chillier at night with lows of 31°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Kodiak Island.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
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Root Glacier Trail ©
Root Glacier Trail

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Kodiak Island

Kodiak Island ©
Kodiak Island is known for wildlife, museums, nature, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Alutiiq Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kodiak Island Brewing Company, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Kodiak Island online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from McCarthy to Kodiak Island. Traveling from McCarthy in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 40°F in Kodiak Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Kodiak Island

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Alutiiq Museum ©
Alutiiq Museum
The Baranov Museum ©
The Baranov Museum

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Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then see the interesting displays at Iditarod Headquarters. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Pioneer Falls, appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bearpaw River Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Palmer route site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kodiak Island to Palmer. Traveling from Kodiak Island in October, Palmer is little chillier at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wasilla, Hatcher Pass
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass
Horseback Riding Tours

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Denali National Park and Preserve is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, nightlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, see Off-Road Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve online route planner .

Traveling by train from Palmer to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

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Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): shop like a local with Santa Claus House, find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, and then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, things will get a bit cooler in Fairbanks: highs are around 37°F and lows about 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park