15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Anchorage
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train to Anchorage, Fly to San Francisco


Ketchikan — 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then stop by Chinook and Company, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan vacation planner.

San Francisco to Ketchikan is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Ketchikan at 62°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Anchorage.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Anchorage — 2 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anchorage journey planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Anchorage by combination of ferry and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seward.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Seward — 2 nights

Alaska Starts Here

Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seward trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in June, you will find days in Seward are little chillier (61°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Fairbanks.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Fairbanks — 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

Family-friendly places like Pioneer Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, steep yourself in history at Alaskan Pipeline, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and stop by Santa Claus House.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seward, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fairbanks, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, take in the awesome beauty at Denali, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You will leave for home on the 7th (Fri).
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
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Alaska travel guide

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.