13 days in Alaska Itinerary

13 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


Ketchikan — 1 night

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan online driving holiday planner.

Houston to Ketchikan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. In June, Ketchikan is cooler than Houston - with highs of 62°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Juneau — 2 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, look for gifts at Caribou Crossings, and then hike along Perseverance National Recreation Trail. On your second day here, hike along Mount Roberts Trail, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Juneau road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. June in Juneau sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Valdez — 2 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 18th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For maps and tourist information, read our Valdez travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Valdez are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 20th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. In June, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Anchorage — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Friends of Eagle River Nature and Alaska Botanical Garden. Kids will enjoy Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, and take in the dramatic scenery at Thunderbird Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage road trip website.

Drive from Talkeetna to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sitka.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trip

Sitka — 3 nights

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 24th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip maker site.

You can fly from Anchorage to Sitka in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in June, you will find days in Sitka are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). You will leave for home on the 26th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Alaska travel guide

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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.