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Alaska Driving Tours

Self-Drive Tours : Itineraries, Accommodations, Car Rentals, Alaska Railroad Excursions

You can experience Alaska at your own pace on a self-driving tour where you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to start and stop whenever you wish. The Alaska road system is easy to navigate and you can see almost all of Alaska’s many landmarks and highlights from behind the wheel as you discover the many natural wonders of the state’s 24 national parks – from Denali to Wrangell St Elias. And you can always add on an excursion to your road trip fun such as a flightseeing tour above Denali, riding a classic sternwheeler riverboat in Fairbanks or a glacier and wildlife cruise in Prince William Sound or Kenai Fjords National Park!

Over the past 25+ years, Alaska Tours has pioneered the development of pre-planned Alaska driving vacations and road trips that maximize your vacation time and eliminate the hassle of finding lodges, hotels and side trips which work well with your itinerary. Let us be your co-pilot as we put you in the driver’s seat as you explore Alaska on your own special road trip!

We can help you plan your Alaska roadtrip itinerary and driving route or customize a rail and road” vacation package while also leaving you plenty of time for exploring Alaska on your own.

Browse below, our wide selection of Alaska self-driving tours as well as tours which combine trips on the Alaska Railroad with different driving routes. And of course, we’re happy to customize a driving route just for you. Just give us a call or contact us!

Map of Alaska : Popular AK Road Trip Driving Routes


Driving Distances Between Alaskan Cities (Miles)

Anchorage Chitina (1) Denali (2) Fairbanks Girdwood Homer Seward (3) Talkeetna Valdez
Anchorage 250 240 360 40 225 130 115 300
Chitina (1) 250 415 310 285 470 375 290 120
Denali (2) 240 415 125 275 460 365 155 465
Fairbanks 360 310 125 395 580 485 275 365
Girdwood 40 285 275 395 185 90 150 340
Homer 225 470 460 580 185 170 240 425
Seward (3) 130 375 365 485 90 170 240 425
Talkeetna 115 290 155 275 150 335 240 340
Valdez 300 120 465 365 340 520 425 340

(1) Chitina – Gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
(2) Denali – Denali National Park Entrance
(3) Seward – Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park

 

Choose from 15 vacations in Alaska related to Alaska Driving Tours

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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of Alaska with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine... Browse tour

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Great Alaskan Road Trip

Explore Denali, Seward, and the Matanuska Valley with the freedom of a rental car. These three destinations complement each other with a variety of natural beauty from mountains to valleys to coastline. The bus tour into Denali National Park... Browse tour

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Family Fun Vacation by Car

A great family itinerary designed to allow for a leisurely travel pace with plenty of time for family oriented activities. Top destinations include Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Touring highlights include riding aboard a "whistle stop" train operated... Browse tour

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Alaska Highlights Self-Drive Tour

This independent Alaska self-drive tour features many of the state's most popular attractions and scenic road ways. Visit Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez and Seward. The circular... Browse tour

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Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team and much more! Travel abroad the Alaska Railroad to Denali and Fairbanks and by car to Valdez, Seward and Anchorage. We have tailored... Browse tour

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Alaska by Rail and Car Tour

This rail and road trip takes you from Anchorage to Fairbanks on a classic Alaska train trip aboard the Alaska Railroad with an independent tour by car from Fairbanks to Valdez, driving the scenic Richardson and Glenn Highways. The... Browse tour

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Alaska’s National Parks Tour by Car

Visit 4 National Parks: Kenai Fjords, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Katmai (or Lake Clark National Park for bear viewing). Plus, an add-on opportunity for a 5th national park with a visit to Gates of the Arctic National Park (please... Browse tour

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Alaska Lodge Driving Tour

Travel to off the beaten path locations including overnights at wilderness lodges and inns that offer options for hiking, kayaking and canoeing adventures. The touring route includes a spectacular flight into expansive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, as... Browse tour

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Discover Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula by Car

A relaxed driving tour of the Kenai Peninsula and day-cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy unlimited mileage in your midsize rental vehicle. Overnight stops in Seward, Homer and Soldotna provide opportunities for world class sport fishing, glacier... Browse tour

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Nome & the Bering Land Bridge by Car

This unique itinerary takes you to the remote Seward Peninsula. Included is round trip air travel from Anchorage to Nome for three nights and three days car rental to explore this diverse region independently. The Nome area offers an... Browse tour

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Alaska Winter Driving Tour

Designed for independent travelers this SUV (all wheel) self-drive tour features a few days to explore Fairbanks and Chena Hot Springs. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places on earth for the opportunity to experience the amazing... Browse tour

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