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 seamless, action-packed journey. 

Over 13 days, discover the history, landscapes, wildlife and wide-open spaces that make Alaska unique.

Awesome Alaska Itinerary Map

DAY 1: Welcome to Alaska!

As you arrive in Fairbanks, take a minute to drink it all in and relax before your journey begins. Overnight at a partner hotel.

DAY 2: Celebrate the past

Explore Fairbanks your way on the first full day in “The Last Frontier.” You may decide to climb on board the Riverboat Discovery or join the Gold Dredge 8 tour on the Chena River before returning to your hotel to rest and prepare for the next day’s adventures.

DAY 3: Arrive in 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 4: Escape into the wild

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

DAY 5: Discover more in Denali

Use your second day in Denali to explore even more. With six million acres of wild land, Denali offers endless opportunities to get in tune with nature. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

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

DAY 6: Uncharted territory, undisturbed wildlife

Take a last look at the outstanding scenery and wildlife of Denali before driving to the quaint climbers’ town of Talkeetna. Overnight at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

DAY 7: Crash through rivers, soar over glaciers

Explore Talkeetna, perhaps through an adventurous flightseeing tour or jet boat ride on a glacier-fed river. Then, enjoy a hearty meal at Homestead Kitchen before you continue to Anchorage.

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

DAY 8: Take a 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. Then, kick back with a night at the beautiful Windsong Lodge.

DAY 9: A stunning blend of fjords and wildlife

Embark on a Kenai Fjords Tour on Resurrection Bay and take in spectacular sea life and scenery. You’ll stop and overnight at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on the 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 10: 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 11: From the waters to the rails

Bask in the natural sights and sounds of a six-hour glacier and wildlife cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. Then, kick back and relax as you travel with Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.

DAY 12: Experience Alaska city life

Explore Anchorage before you head home. Spend the day shopping for keepsakes, or just relaxing in your hotel. If you’re still in the mood for adventure, you can also add a bear viewing tour to the itinerary for one last thrill.

DAY 13: Look back in Anchorage

Reflect on the journey you’ve experienced. On rails, roads, sea and land, you’ve seen Alaska’s best on a trip that will forever be part of your story.

 
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