12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
4
Chicken
— 1 day
Drive:  10​h
5
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

3
nights
Anchorage

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Byron Glacier Trail and Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Fishing Charters & Tours in Whittier, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for gifts at Cabin Fever, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage day trip planner .

Norfolk to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Norfolk in July: highs in Anchorage hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Whittier
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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Crow Creek Mine ©
Crow Creek Mine

1
night
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ©
On the 12th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and then explore the activities along Turquoise Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve trip itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anchorage to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ©

1
night
Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preserve ©
The volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of brown bears who spend their summers fattening up on the plentiful salmon that fill the wilderness area's rivers and streams.
On the 13th (Mon), appreciate the views at Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and then admire the sheer force of Brooks Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Katmai National Park and Preserve driving holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to Katmai National Park and Preserve. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chicken.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature
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Brooks Falls ©
Brooks Falls
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes ©
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

1
day
Chicken

Chicken ©
Chicken is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chicken journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Chicken with the Route module. When traveling from Katmai National Park and Preserve in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Chicken, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Chicken

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost ©
Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendenhall Glacier. Keep things going the next day: stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC and then explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chicken to Juneau. When traveling from Chicken in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Juneau: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC ©
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC

3
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Potlatch Totem Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Potlatch Totem Park ©
Potlatch Totem Park
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

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