15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
3
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
7
Seward
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Juneau driving holiday planner.

Columbus to Juneau is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Columbus to Juneau, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Columbus in July: highs in Juneau hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, steep yourself in history at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

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 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©

1
night
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Skagway itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Sitka to Skagway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skagway Museum and Archives ©
Skagway Museum and Archives

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, look for gifts at Cabin Fever, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner .

Getting from Skagway to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. July in Anchorage sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

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
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 28th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Anchorage in July, you will find days in Homer are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and then hike along Harding Ice Field Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seward online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Seward, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

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