15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  11​h
End: Columbus

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.
Attractions like Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and stop by Cabin Fever.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Anchorage journey tool .

Columbus to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Columbus in July; daily highs in Anchorage reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Zoo ©
Alaska Zoo
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

3
nights
Seward

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.
Bring the kids along to Alaska SeaLife Center and Exit Glacier. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Seward online day trip planner .

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. 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 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get your bearings at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Homer Spit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park and then examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Homer trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center ©
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau day trip planning tool .

Fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Before you visit Ketchikan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

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