Planning a trip to Alaska can be daunting. You want to see it all and make the most of every moment. We hear you! That's why we've put together what we consider the ideal itinerary.

Our Awesome Alaska trip brings together some of the state's greatest sights in one seemless, action-packed and incredibly scenic trip.

Over 10 days, discover the history, landscapes, wildlife and wide open spaces that make the Last Frontier so unique in the world.

Awesome Alaska Itinerary Map

DAY 1: Celebrate the past

Jump into your Alaska adventure with a day exploring Fairbanks at your leisure. You may decide to climb on board the Riverboat Discovery or grab the Gold Dredge No. 8 tour on the Chena River before returning to your hotel to rest and prepare for the next day’s adventures.

DAY 2: Drive deep to find Denali

Drive from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. From there, a specially-outfitted backcountry bus takes you to the heart of the park to view scenery and wildlife. Overnight at the exclusive Denali Backcountry Lodge.

A bus rounds a corner along a mountainside road.

DAY 3: Escape into the wild

Spend a leisurely day at the heart of Denali National Park. Choose from guided hikes, gold panning and naturalist-led walks. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

A person walks along a narrow trail in orange and red tundra.

DAY 4: Uncharted territory, undisturbed wildlife

Travel in comfort on your return trip aboard our backcountry bus. Take a last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali, then drive to the quaint mountain climbers’ town of Talkeetna. Overnight at the secluded Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

DAY 5: Crash through rivers, soar over glaciers

Explore Talkeetna, perhaps an optional adventure of a flightseeing tour or jet boat ride on a glacier-fed river. Then, enjoy a somewhat wacky and yet truly wonderful treat at Talkeetna Waffle Pops before you continue your adventure on to Anchorage.

A small red plane flies above forests with mountains in the background.

DAY 6: Scenic drive on the Seward Highway 

Travel from Anchorage to Seward and enjoy one of the most scenic drives in North America. Hug the shores of the Turnagain Arm as you watch for belugas, Dall sheep and, if the timing’s right, the famed bore tide. Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center and kick back with a night at the beautiful Windsong Lodge.

DAY 7: A stunning blend of fjords and wildlife

Take a Kenai Fjords Tour on Resurrection Bay and take in spectacular sea life and scenery. You’ll stop and overnight at the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on remote Fox Island. Activities include exploring the pebbled beaches with a Park Ranger, and learning to prepare fresh salmon with our executive chef.

A boat cruises between rocky cliffsides.

DAY 8: An unforgettable getaway

Get up close and personal with puffins, sea lions and towering coastal cliffs as you glide through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay on a guided sea kayak trip.

DAY 9: Farther into Kenai Fjords

Leave Fox Island first thing in the morning and spend your day discovering thundering glaciers, ancient coastal rainforests and frolicking wildlife on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise. Overnight in Seward.

DAY 10: Adventure in Anchorage

Drive to Anchorage, where you are free to experience the city sights. Your itinerary ends here, but your memories will last a lifetime.

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