9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h 15​min
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
San Antonio

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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 19th (Sat): explore and take pictures at University of Alaska Fairbanks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Gold Daughters.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks tour planner.

San Antonio to Fairbanks is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from San Antonio to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in May, expect Fairbanks to be much colder, temps between 61°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Georgeson Botanical Garden
Georgeson Botanical Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, and then identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve holiday planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Fairbanks in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Denali National Park and Preserve: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off toSeward.

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2
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Seward

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Harding Ice Field Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Miller's Landing.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Seward trip generator.

Traveling by bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Seward takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

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Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier
Miller's Landing ©
Miller's Landing
Helicopter Tours

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Crow Creek Mine and then take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Anchorage travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Crow Creek Mine

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