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Sample Itineraries

We’ve got a few tips and suggestions for your Alaska road trip, camper van style! Our sample itineraries, activity suggestions and driving distances should help with your planning, and we’re available if you have more specific questions.

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3-Day Itinerary Suggestions

Girdwood & Seward 2018-05-08T02:52:34+00:00

Day 1:  Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive 1 hour south to Girdwood, about 1 hour. Take the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tram, take a fat tire bike tour or sample the local flavors at the Girdwood Brewery.

Day 2:  Drive south from Girdwood to Seward, about 2 hours.

Day 3:  Spend the day in Seward. Visit the Sea Life Center, take a boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park, or hike Mt. Marathon.

Return: Drive north about 2.5 hours from Seward to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

Homer & Girdwood 2018-05-08T02:49:32+00:00

Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive about 4 hours south to Homer. (Stop in Cooper Landing, Soldotna or Ninilchik for a bathroom break!)

Day 2: Spend the day in Homer. Drive and shop along the Homer Spit, visit the art galleries along Homer’s main street, or take a water taxi and hike Kachemak Bay State Park.

Day 3: Drive 3.5 hours from Homer to Girdwood. Hike the Winner Creek Trail and pull yourself across the gorge on the hand tram, visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage, or buy a lift ticket and mountain bike Mt. Alyeska.

Return: Drive north about an hour to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

Talkeetna & Palmer 2018-05-08T02:50:27+00:00

Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive about 3 hours north to Talkeetna.

Day 2: Spend the day in Talkeetna. Wander through the historic town and shop the local arts and crafts, take a flightseeing tour around Denali, or take a jet boat tour and look for wildlife along the river. 

Day 3: Drive 2 hours south from Talkeetna to Palmer. See a live musk ox at the Musk Ox Farm, catch a local fair or festival, or explore the trails at Hatcher Pass.

Return: Drive south about an hour from Palmer to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

5-Day Itinerary Suggestions

Denali 2018-05-08T02:54:56+00:00

Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive 3 hours north to Talkeetna.

Day 2: Drive 3 hours north from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Stop in at the Visitors Center to find your campground spot (we recommend making reservations in advance), learn about the park’s wildlife and climate, and wander through the Alaska Geographic bookstore.

Day 3: Spend the day inside Denali National Park. Take a park tour to Eielson Visitor Center, or catch a ride on the “Backpacker Bus” to Wonder Lake. Watch for wildlife like bears, moose, sheep and caribou along the way, and, of course, North America’s tallest mountain. 

Day 4: Spend the day near Denali again. Visit the sled dog kennels where Denali’s canine rangers live, take a nature walk and identify signs of wildlife, or head outside the park to rent a bike or take a bicycle tour.

Day 5: Drive 5 hours south from Denali to Palmer. Take a day hike, pet a reindeer, or learn the homesteading history of the region at the Palmer Museum.

Return: Drive south about an hour from Palmer to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

Valdez 2018-05-08T02:54:15+00:00

Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive north and east about 3 hours to Glennallen. Visit a sled dog kennel, take a rafting tour, or go fly fishing.

Day 2: Drive 3 hours south from Glennallen to Valdez

Day 3: Spend the day on the water. Take a boat tour to see a calving tidewater glacier, go sea kayaking and get up close to icebergs, or go fishing for trophy salmon, halibut and cod. 

Day 4: Return to land and spend the day around Valdez. Hike a nature trail near Thompson Pass, take a photography tour and capture your own Alaska landscapes, or visit the town’s museums and learn about its gold rush history.

Day 5: Drive north and west about 5 hours from Valdez to PalmerTake a day hike, pet a reindeer, or learn the homesteading history of the region at the Palmer Museum.

Return: Drive south about an hour from Palmer to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

7-Day Itinerary Suggestions

Fairbanks & Denali 2018-05-08T02:55:45+00:00

Day 1: Pick up your Travel Van from Get Lost Travel Vans office in Anchorage. Drive about 3 hours north to Talkeetna. Wander through the historic town and shop the local arts and crafts, take a flightseeing tour around Denali, or take a jet boat tour and look for wildlife along the river. 

Day 2:Drive 3 hours north from Talkeetna to Denali National Park. Stop in at the Visitors Center to find your campground spot (we recommend making reservations in advance), learn about the park’s wildlife and climate, and wander through the Alaska Geographic bookstore.

Day 3: Spend the day inside Denali National Park. Take a park tour to Eielson Visitor Center, or catch a ride on the “Backpacker Bus” to Wonder Lake. Watch for wildlife like bears, moose, sheep and caribou along the way, and, of course, North America’s tallest mountain. 

Day 4: Drive about 2 hours north of Denali National Park to Fairbanks. Learn about Alaska Native cultures at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, take a fishing tour or paddleboat cruise on the Yukon River, or try a canoe or paddleboard tour.

Day 5: Spend the day in Fairbanks. Visit Chena Hot Springs, head over to North Pole and the year-round Santa Claus house, or visit an Iditarod Race Champion’s dog sled kennel.

Day 6: Drive 5 hours south from Fairbanks to Glennallen. Visit a local museum, take a rafting tour, or go fly fishing.

Day 7: Drive 2 hours west from Glennallen to PalmerTake a day hike, pet a reindeer, or learn the homesteading history of the region at the Palmer Museum.

Return: Drive south about an hour from Palmer to the Get Lost office in Anchorage to return your travel van by 12 noon.

Driving Distances

Sheep MountainDistance from Anchorage to popular Alaska towns and destinations:

Girdwood: 36 miles/58 kilometers

Whittier: 60 miles/96 kilometers

Cooper Landing: 102 miles/164 kilometers

Seward: 127 miles/204 kilometers

Homer: 221 miles/355 kilometers

Soldotna: 147 miles/236 kilometers

Kenai: 157 miles/252 kilometers

Palmer: 52 miles/83 kilometers

Wasilla: 44 miles/71 kilometers

Talkeetna: 114 miles/183 kilometers

Denali National Park Entrance: 239 miles/384 kilometers

Valdez: 300 miles/483 kilometers

Fairbanks: 359 miles/577 kilometers

Tok: 318 miles/512 kilometers

Willow: 70 miles/113 kilometers

Matanuska Glacier: 97 miles/156 kilometers

Glennallen: 180 miles/290 kilometers