50 days in Alaska & New York State Itinerary

50 days in Alaska & New York State Itinerary

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50 days in Alaska & New York State Itinerary

Birmingham
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
Haines
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
Seward
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
Niagara Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Watkins Glen
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h
New York City
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hampton Bays
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Birmingham

3
days
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for historic sites, nature, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, look for gifts at Tongass Trading Company, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip builder.

Birmingham, UK to Ketchikan is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Birmingham in July: highs in Ketchikan hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Nature Sightseeing
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument
Creek Street
Totem Heritage Center

1
day
Sitka

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly New Archangel while under Russian rule (; or, t ''''), is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sitka itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Sitka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Areas Sightseeing Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House
Sheldon Jackson Museum

4
days
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get outside with Sawyer Glacier, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Juneau travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. July in Juneau sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
days
Haines

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haines: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (in Skagway) and Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, explore the activities along Chilkat River, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Haines vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Areas Nature

Side Trips

Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
days
Seward

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and see the interesting displays at Seward Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seward trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Haines to Seward takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenai Fjords National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
days
Valdez

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Valdez is known for nature, museums, and wildlife areas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Prince William Sound, explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Valdez Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Valdez itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Seward to Valdez takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Prince William Sound
Highlights from your plan
Prince William Sound
Columbia Glacier
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

6
days
Anchorage

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Valdez to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Valdez in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Anchorage, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Sightseeing Nature

Side Trip

Alaska
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage Museum

6
days
Niagara Falls

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Explore Niagara Falls' surroundings by going to Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex (in Buffalo) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park (in Panama). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, explore the activities along Niagara Falls, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Niagara Falls itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Anchorage to Niagara Falls in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Anchorage in August, things will get a bit warmer in Niagara Falls: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trips

Niagara Jet Adventures, Panama Rocks Scenic Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Niagara Falls

3
days
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Take a break from Watkins Glen with a short trip to Fillmore Glen State Park in Moravia, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery LLC, get engrossed in the history at Glenn H Curtiss Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Watkins Glen International.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Watkins Glen trip planner.

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Watkins Glen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Watkins Glen are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dundee, Burdett, Hector Wine Company, Glenn H Curtiss Museum, Fillmore Glen State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Glenn H Curtiss Museum
Silver Springs Winery LLC

9
days
New York City

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, nightlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, admire the landmark architecture of Grand central terminal, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Getting from Watkins Glen to New York City by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Watkins Glen in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Hampton Bays.

Things to do in New York City

Sightseeing Museums Parks

Side Trip

Brooklyn Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Central Park
Times Square
Fifth Avenue

3
days
Hampton Bays

Hampton Bays is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hampton Bays: Orient Beach State Park (in Orient), Fire Island National Seashore (in Patchogue) and Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard (in Peconic). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponquogue Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Cupsogue Beach County Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hampton Bays itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from New York City to Hampton Bays takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, Hampton Bays is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hampton Bays

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Orient Beach State Park, Fire Island National Seashore, Cupsogue Beach County Park, Cooper's Beach, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Ponquogue Beach
Fire Island National Seashore
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

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