16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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16 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Homer
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Haines
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Nashville

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): head outdoors with Daniel's Personalized Guide Service, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Homer road trip tool .

Nashville to Homer is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Nashville in September, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Homer: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anchor River State Recreation Area, Transfiguration of Our Lord Church
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Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Anchor River State Recreation Area ©
Transfiguration of Our Lord Church ©

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Indian Valley Mine & Gifts and Holy Family Cathedral. Kids will enjoy Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, sample the tasty concoctions at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point, and hike along Crow Pass National Historic Trail.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Anchorage sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatcher Pass
Highlights from your plan
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 13th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, then stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street, don't miss a visit to Gold Rush Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Skagway online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Skagway in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Gold Rush Cemetery ©
Gold Rush Cemetery
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail
Skagway Museum and Archives ©
Skagway Museum and Archives

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.
On the 15th (Tue), examine the collection at Hammer Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Kroschel Films, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

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

Drive from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
American Bald Eagle Foundation ©
American Bald Eagle Foundation

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog and Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sawyer Glacier and Empty Chair Memorial. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, and view the masterpieces at Juneau Arts & Humanities.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Juneau tour site .

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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