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San Jose to Fairbanks drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   7 days   /   no pets

San Jose to Fairbanks road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Jose to Fairbanks. If you're planning a road trip to Fairbanks, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Jose and Fairbanks. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in San Jose
drive for about 7 hours

5:05 pm  Crater Lake National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Crater Lake National Park
drive for about 5 hours

3:46 pm  Portland
stay overnight at Ace Hotel Portland
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Ace Hotel Portland
drive for about 8.5 hours

6:27 pm  108 Mile Ranch
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from 108 Mile Ranch
drive for about 7 hours

4:59 pm  Terrace
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Terrace
drive for about 9.5 hours

7:35 pm  Whitehorse
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 6

8:00 am  leave from Whitehorse
drive for about 15.5 hours

11:21 pm  McCarthy
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 15.5 hours

 Day 7

10:00 am  leave from McCarthy
drive for about 9 hours

7:09 pm  arrive in Fairbanks

day 7 driving ≈ 9 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Jose, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Crater Lake National Park  (24 mentions)
Portland  (219 answers)
    International Rose Test Garden  (20 mentions)
    Powell's City of Books  (17 mentions)
    Japanese Gardens  (15 mentions)
    Portland Saturday Market  (13 mentions)
    Timberline Lodge  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Portland:
        Voodoo Doughnuts
        Tasty N Sons
        Potato Champion
        Pok Pok Restaurant
    hotels around Portland:
        Ace Hotel Portland
        The Nines, Portland
        Hotel Monaco Portland
        The Heathman Hotel
        Inn At Northrup Station
    questions about Portland:
        Mid July: 1 week with wife and kid - what should we prioritize?
        Best coffee shops in Portland
        Visiting in July for 5 days with my boyfriend, where and what must we do?
        Artsy area with fun little shops
        Portland in mid-March
108 Mile Ranch
Whitehorse  (5 answers)
McCarthy  (5 answers)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Fairbanks, Alaska.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Fairbanks?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Fairbanks. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Barbara from asked:
What do I wear to aurora ice museum and hot springs  (3 answers)

profile  Janet from Emerald Hills, Ca asked:
Lodging to see Northern Lights in Fairbanks?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Fairbanks.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Fairbanks to San Jose drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Jose to Fairbanks. Or get a full San Jose to Fairbanks flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Jose well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Jose!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,106 miles
driving time of 55 hours, 1 minute
Fairbanks is 1 hour behind San Jose
39 San Jose travel answers
219 Portland travel answers
1 Terrace travel answer
5 Whitehorse travel answers
5 McCarthy travel answers
10 Fairbanks travel answers

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