15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 2 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
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Phoenix

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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 1st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks trip itinerary builder tool.

Phoenix to Fairbanks is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Phoenix to Fairbanks, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Fairbanks is cooler than Phoenix - with highs of 43°F and lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Seward

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seward road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fairbanks to Seward in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fairbanks, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 4 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 wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Kincaid Park, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, make a trip to The Ulu Factory, and get curious at Imaginarium Discovery Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord. On the next day, stroll through Alaska Powder Descents, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, then don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, and finally stay fit while traveling at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau holiday maker.

You can fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church, take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sitka attractions planner.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Alaska Stone Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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.