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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 abour 550 miles.

Day 1
Pick up your rental car this morning in Anchorage and head east along the Glenn Highway to Copper Center.

Matanuska Glacier along the Glenn Highway

Day 2
This day is free to explore the Copper River Valley/Kennicott area. You can use your rental car to drive south to Valdez (approx 110 miles) or take one of the river rafting or guided ATV trips available in the area. Overnight in Copper Center.

Copper River Princess Lodge

Day 3
Drive from Copper Center to Fairbanks along the historic Richardson Highway today. Your route will follow the trans-Alaska Pipeline. Overnight in Fairbanks.

Day 4
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 5
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

Day 6
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.

Day 7
The morning is free in Denali Park. Board the Alaska Railroad southbound for Anchorage today. Weather permitting, view s 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 355 355 395
Lodging Estimate 925 925 975
Total 1,575 1,785 2,085

Optional trips and tours - Approximate

Location Tour Cost Estimate per person
Anchorage area Kenai Fjords Cruise-in Seward $145
Anchorage area 26 Glacier Cruise-In Whittier $150
Denali Park Kantishna Roadhouse $145
Denali Park Eleison Visitor Center Shuttle $37
Fairbanks Area Riverboat Discovery $50
Fairbanks area Arctic Circle Air Tour $299
Fairbanks area Barrow one day tour $450
Alaska Railroad Goldstar upgrade $170
Anchorage area Cordova 2 day excursion $729

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