15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly

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Ketchikan — 1 night

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll around Saxman Native Village and then explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, then trek along Deer Mountain Trail, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan attractions planning tool.

Knoxville to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Knoxville to Ketchikan, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Knoxville in April, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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. On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Juneau — 2 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 4th (Mon), stroll through Alaska Powder Descents, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and then go from sight to sight with Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord.

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Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in April, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Kincaid Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arctic Valley Ski Area, hit the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area, and get curious at Imaginarium Discovery Center.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online travel route planner.

Fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Seward.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
Side Trip

Seward — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Seward with a short trip to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seward trip builder.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Seward are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Talkeetna.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): walk around Talkeetna Lakes Park, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then make a trip to Nagley's Store, and finally view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Seward in April, plan for little chillier nights in Talkeetna, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fairbanks.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Classes

Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks route planning site.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In April, Fairbanks is slightly colder than Talkeetna - with highs of 43°F and lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.