15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h
6
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Denver

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 some historical perspective at Alaska Native Heritage Center and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage holiday planner.

Denver to Anchorage is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Anchorage is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Anchorage to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

2
nights
Seward

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seward day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

2
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and then learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Homer tour builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Juneau trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Homer to Juneau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

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 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Sitka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Creek Street and Totem Heritage Center will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, explore and take pictures at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

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