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Anchorage, Alaska TO Anchorage, Alaska

This itinerary coordinates perfectly with flights to Anchorage. Because of a special arrangement, drop fees are waived for leaving the rental car in Fairbanks. Total driving distance is about 750 miles.  The 10 day trip does the same as the 7 day version but adds  Seward in the Kenai Penninsula.  You can also include the 26 Glacier cruise from Whittier.  If you don't mind a longer day's drive, you can omit and overnight in the Matanuska Valley and save lodging costs.

Day 1
Arrive in Anchorage today.  There is a free self guided historical walking tour of downtown.  Also recommended is the Historical and Fine Arts Museum.  Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 2
Take your rental car today south on the Seward Highway. Visit Potters Marsh bird sanctuary then the town of Girdwood before continuing on to Whittier via the tunnel. Take the 26 Glacier cruise this afternoon, then return to the Seward Highway and drive south to Seward. Overnight in Seward.

Princess Copper Center Resort

Day 3
The day is free in Seward. Recommended is a visit to the Sealife Center or the optional trip to Kenai Fjords National Park. Overnight in Seward.

Day 4
Drive from Seward north to the Matanuska Valley today. The side trip to Independence Mine is recommended. Overnight in the Matanuska Valley.

Day 5
Arrive in the Copper River Valley today . Visit the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Weather permitting views of the Wrangell Mountains are spectacular. Recommended is the afternoon ATV ride, or river rafting on the Klutina River. Overnight Copper Center.

Riverboat Discovery on the Tanana River

Day 6
Drive from Copper Center to Fairbanks along the historic Richardson Highway today. Your route will follow the trans-Alaska Pipeline. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 7
The day is free in Fairbanks. Recommended is a visit to the historic mining district of Fox and the optional trip on the Riverboat Discovery. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 8
Return your car to the Fairbanks airport. Take the free shuttle to the Alaska Railroad depot and board Alaska Railroad south to Denali Park. Overnight in Denali Park. Depart: 8:15 am Arrive 12:00 noon

Denali Riverrafting

Day 9
The day is free in Denali Park for the optional shuttle trip into park. Return to your lodgings at the park entrance this afternoon. Overnight Denali Park.

Alaska Railroad south of Denali Park

Day 10
The morning is free in Denali Park. Board the Alaska Railroad southbound for Anchorage today. Weather permitting, views of Mt. McKinley are spectacular along the Susitna River Valley.
Depart 12:00 noon Arrive 8:15 pm


Cost estimates-basic trip

Item For 1 For 2 For 3
AlaskaPass Booking fee 85 85 85
Alaska Railroad 210 420 630
AVIS car Rental 600 600 700
Lodging Estimate 1120 1120 1275
Total 1958 2651 4139

Optional trips and tours - Approximate

Location Tour Cost Estimate per person
Anchorage area Kenai Fjords Cruise-in Seward $155
Anchorage area 26 Glacier Cruise-In Whittier $155
Denali Park Kantishna Roadhouse $185
Denali Park Nenana River Rafting $145
Denali Park Eleison Visitor Center Shuttle $45
Fairbanks Area Riverboat Discovery $50
Fairbanks area Arctic Circle Air Tour $599
Fairbanks area Barrow one day tour $650
Alaska Railroad Gold Star upgrade $180
Anchorage area Cordova 2 day excursion $729

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