15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska tour itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
2
Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
3
Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Ketchikan

— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, walk around Potlatch Totem Park, take a peaceful walk through Tongass National Forest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, view the masterpieces at Scanlon Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online journey planner.

London, UK to Ketchikan is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from London to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Ketchikan are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mount Roberts Trail, look for gifts at Alaskan Fudge Company, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Juneau Rainforest Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Juneau trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Haines

— 2 nights

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, then explore the activities along Chilkoot River, and finally sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Haines online vacation planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 14th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, get engrossed in the history at Trail of '98 Museum, then contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, and finally look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown. On the next day, trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Klondike Brewing Company.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway attractions planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In September in Skagway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chugach National Forest and Byron Glacier Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Anchorage: Whittier (Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel & Prince William Sound Museum). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine, make a trip to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, and explore the activities along Cook Inlet.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planner.

Fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): walk around Golden Heart Plaza, examine the collection at Fairbanks Ice Museum, then trek along Angel Rocks Trail, then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and finally gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Antler Arch, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, then go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks road trip planning app.

Getting from Anchorage to Fairbanks by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 2°C in Fairbanks. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Trails

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.