15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner
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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Nashville

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Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Popular historic sites such as Creek Street and Totem Heritage Center are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Totem Bight State Historical Park and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel route builder.

Nashville to Ketchikan is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Nashville in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Sitka.
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Sitka — 2 nights

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 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 2 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, steep yourself in history at Alaska Governor’s Mansion, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Juneau trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum, then steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage road trip planner.

Fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Juneau in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Anchorage, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seward.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Seward — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, then hike along Exit Glacier, and then get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip tool.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Seward hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.
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Side Trip

Homer — 3 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 7th (Thu), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, and then admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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