12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 1 night
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Misty Fjords National Monument and Deer Mountain Trail. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, and identify plant and animal life at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan day trip planner.

Durham to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Ketchikan, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then hike along Mount Roberts Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 14th (Wed): get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner.

Getting from Juneau to Homer by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. In July in Homer, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 nights
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Take a break from the city and head to Denali and River Rafting & Tubing. Family-friendly places like Husky Homestead and Mc Kinley Park Rd will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: stroll through Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, and trek along Savage Alpine Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip website.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Homer in July, you will find days in Denali National Park and Preserve are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip planner.

Take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Anchorage sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

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.