Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Talkeetna, Eklutna, Anchorage
Day 1 Fairbanks
After arriving in Fairbanks, the gateway to the Interior and the Arctic, rent a car or RV and visit the University of Alaska Museum of the North, one of the state's top 10 visitor attractions. See musk ox, an ice-age survivor, and reindeer on a tour of the University's Large Animal Research Station.
Day 2 Fairbanks
Start the morning with a Riverboat cruise along the Chena or Tanana Rivers, lunch on the deck at a riverside restaurant and try your hand at gold panning on an afternoon gold mining tour. Stop for a view of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline on the Steese Highway.
Day 3 Fairbanks - Denali
Enjoy a 2-hour drive south to Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak. Take a full-day guided tour to see sweeping landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Day 4 Denali
Denali National Park offers a variety of activities. Take a flightseeing tour via small plane or helicopter, or try a whitewater rafting excursion. Stay in the area for an evening program.
Day 5 Denali - Talkeetna
Continue south to the town of Talkeetna to see majestic views of Mt. McKinley. Experience a guided fishing trip, Jeep tour or wildlife and scenic jet boat tour.
Day 6 Talkeetna - Eklutna - Anchorage
Enjoy a scenic drive south to Eklutna Historical Park. Tour St. Nicholas Russian Church and view brightly painted "spirit houses." Experience a canoe and bike excursion at Eklutna Lake or hike majestic Thunderbird Falls. Learn about local wildlife at the Eagle River Nature Center or walk trails in the stunning gored valley. Continue to Anchorage to enjoy a meal of exquisite, fresh seafood - wild Alaska salmon is a local dining specialty.
Day 7 Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, has world-class theater, vital arts and culture scene, outdoor markets, music in the park and 2,400 resident moose. Visit Lake Hood, the busiest float plane harbor in the world or fish for salmon in downtown Ship Creek. Try an award-winning brewpub or see a baseball game under the midnight sun.
Rather than traveling by car or RV: take a scenic railway tour of Alaska from Fairbanks to Anchorage, stopping overnight in Denali and Talkeetna.