12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 1 night
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Chicago

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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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Polar Bear Gifts.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage road trip planner.

Chicago to Anchorage is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Anchorage at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Seward

— 2 nights

Alaska Starts Here

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seward holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Seward hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Homer

— 1 night
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Homer online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Juneau online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Juneau in 8 hours. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally stroll through Deer Mountain Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.