12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  5​h
2
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Talkeetna
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 9th (Sun), look for gifts at The Rain Barrel, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles to Ketchikan is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Ketchikan. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Creek Street ©
Creek Street

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company. On your second day here, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Haines travel website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Haines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In February, Haines is little chillier than Ketchikan - with highs of 34°F and lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at BearHead Photography Gallery and Trail of '98 Museum. Visiting Upper Dewey Lake and Davidson Glacier will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: trek along Yakutania Point, get engrossed in the history at Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, and steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Skagway road trip website .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. February in Skagway sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Beluga Point, hike along Friends of Eagle River Nature, and then stroll through Alyeska Ski Area.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anchorage trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Skagway to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Skagway in February, things will get a bit cooler in Anchorage: highs are around 28°F and lows about 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Byers Lake, look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, take in the exciting artwork at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna journey planner .

You can drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Anchorage in February, Talkeetna is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©
Byers Lake ©
Byers Lake

3
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company, then get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Homer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Talkeetna in February, with highs in Homer at 36°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©

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