12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Oklahoma City

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Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. On your second day here, stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks day trip planner.

Oklahoma City to Fairbanks is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in January: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 6°F and lows are around -10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at J Bear Tours and Homer Brewing Company. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Homer: Soldotna (Kenai River Brewing Company & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Homer trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Homer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Fairbanks in January; daily highs in Homer reach 36°F and lows reach 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cook Inlet. Explore hidden gems such as Alyeska Ski Area and Girdwood Brewing Company. The adventure continues: hike along Friends of Eagle River Nature.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Anchorage day trip website.

Getting from Homer to Anchorage by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Homer in January, expect Anchorage to be slightly colder, temps between 26°F and 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sitka.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Sitka

— 1 night
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sitka travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Sitka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in January, you will find days in Sitka are a bit warmer (44°F), and nights are much warmer (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Museums

Ketchikan

— 2 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 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then look for gifts at The Rain Barrel, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Alaska travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.