15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + ferry:  13​h
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 4 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Misty Fjords National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip site .

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. In August, Ketchikan is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and finally admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sitka route planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, then explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Valdez day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

3
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Get a sense of the local culture at Alaska Native Heritage Center and Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Valdez in August: highs in Anchorage hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Visiting Homer Spit and Bishop's Beach Park will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery capture your imagination. Fill the 28th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and admire the majestic nature at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Homer tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August in Homer, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

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