14 days in Alaska & Central Minnesota Itinerary

14 days in Alaska & Central Minnesota Itinerary

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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
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 5 nights
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Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Drive to Brainerd
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Brainerd
— 1 night
Drive

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Totem Bight State Historical Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, see the world from above with Ketchikan Helicopters, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Ketchikan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Minneapolis to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Ketchikan at 66°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Juneau tour planning website.

Getting from Ketchikan to Juneau by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Anchorage

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.
Get in touch with nature at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take a tour by water with Portage Glacier Cruises, and take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Anchorage trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Seward

Alaska Starts Here

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Exit Glacier. Change things up with a short trip to Harding Ice Field Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: push the limits with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures, get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Brainerd.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Brainerd

Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Loide' Oils & Vinegars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paul Bunyan State Trail, then push the limits with Brainerd Zip Line Tour, and finally play a few rounds at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Seward to Brainerd. Traveling from Seward to Brainerd, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seward in August, you will find days in Brainerd are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brainerd

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Golf

Side Trip

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.