16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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16 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Ferry:  13​h 45​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Homer
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
7
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You've now added Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, take in the exciting artwork at The Soho Coho, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally take in a show at Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan online driving holiday planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Ketchikan is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, expect Ketchikan to be colder, temps between 62°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sitka trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and then explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In July, daytime highs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

1
night
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with University of Alaska Museum of the North, identify plant and animal life at Large Animal Research Station, then have fun at Gold Daughters Alaska, and finally examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks with the Route module. When traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Fairbanks, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©

2
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): shop like a local with Norman Lowell Gallery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Homer trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Homer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Fairbanks in July, you will find days in Homer are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then get engrossed in the history at Chugach Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seward day trip app .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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 13th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, then steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, then identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

Plan trip to Anchorage with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

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