12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Newark

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Seward

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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On the 21st (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Seward visit planner.

New York City to Seward is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get cooler in Seward: highs are around 56°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

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Anchorage

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take in the exciting artwork at The Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: get advice or help at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

3
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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Alaska travel guide

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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.