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:  2​h
2
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Skagway
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
Talkeetna
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Point Bridget State Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Last Chance Mining Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, then stop by Alaska Knifeworks, and finally trek along Gold Creek Flume Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau route maker app .

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in July, expect nights in Juneau to be slightly colder, around 52°F, while days are colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Herbert Glacier ©
Herbert Glacier
Best Damn Charters ©
Best Damn Charters
Steep Creek ©
Steep Creek

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then explore the activities along Chilkat River, and then identify plant and animal life at Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then tee off at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Haines travel route planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chilkat River ©
Chilkat River
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center
Port Chilkoot Distillery ©
Port Chilkoot Distillery

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Yakutania Point, contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Klondike Brewing Company. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Back Alley Rock Shop, take an in-depth tour of Trail of '98 Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, then stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway route planning tool .

You can drive from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Skagway

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Trail of '98 Museum ©
Trail of '98 Museum

1
night
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Dock Point Park & Trail, then get outside with G'day Charters, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Valdez tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Skagway to Valdez takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Valdez, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Valdez Glacier Lake ©
Valdez Glacier Lake

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 27th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, then don't miss a visit to Cubby's Marketplace, then view the masterpieces at Susitna Salmon Center, and finally view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna online itinerary builder .

Getting from Valdez to Talkeetna by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Susitna Salmon Center ©
Susitna Salmon Center
Talkeetna Riverfront Park ©
Talkeetna Riverfront Park
Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room ©

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 28th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios, take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Homer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Talkeetna in July: highs in Homer hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Bunnell Street Arts Center ©
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Anchor River State Recreation Area ©
Anchor River State Recreation Area
Transfiguration of Our Lord Church ©

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.
On the 30th (Thu), get outside with Turnagain Arm, then steep yourself in history at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, and then stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, then admire the natural beauty at Alaska Botanical Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., and finally examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Turnagain Arm ©
Turnagain Arm
Alaska Botanical Garden ©
Alaska Botanical Garden

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