13 days in Alaska Itinerary

13 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 1 night
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Newark

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Fairbanks

— 1 night

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 8th (Thu): gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks and then learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and finally shop like a local with Santa Claus House.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Newark to Fairbanks is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Newark to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, things will get colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, Anchorage is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Juneau vacation planning tool.

Getting from Anchorage to Juneau by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sitka road trip website.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Ketchikan

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Alaska travel guide

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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.