11 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Pratt Museum. Visiting Homer Spit and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, shop like a local with Norman Lowell Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery, and get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer vacation website.

Newark to Homer is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Newark in August, plan for colder days in Homer, with highs around 63°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Anchorage — 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

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.
On the 12th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Botanical Garden, then deepen your understanding at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, then explore the activities along Cook Inlet, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Homer to Anchorage takes 4.5 hours. August in Anchorage sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.
Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, make a trip to Gold Rush Cemetery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Klondike Brewing Company, then steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, and finally trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. On the next day, hike along Yakutania Point, steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin, then take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, then get a taste of the local shopping with BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Skagway takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Juneau.
Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Juneau — 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Eagle Beach, then hike along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Roberts Trail. On your second day here, get all the information you need at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

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Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Ketchikan — 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 18th (Fri), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Alaska travel guide

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The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.