8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage — 3 nights

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 25th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, trek along Kincaid Park, stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage route planner.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage. In November, Anchorage is much colder than San Francisco - with highs of 29°F and lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Fairbanks.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
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Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and stop by Santa Claus House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Fairbanks is slightly colder than Anchorage - with highs of 13°F and lows of -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Sitka.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Sitka — 1 night

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. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll through Alaska Raptor Center and then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sitka day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Sitka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, Sitka is much hotter than Fairbanks - with highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
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Alaska travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.