16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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16 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  6​h
6
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Berlin

1
night
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 1st (Sun), hike along Angel Rocks Trail, get your game on at Gold Daughters Alaska, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, identify plant and animal life at Large Animal Research Station, and then take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks day trip planning app .

Berlin, Germany to Fairbanks is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Berlin to Fairbanks. In September in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the next day, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then get your bearings at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Homer trip builder site .

You can fly from Fairbanks to Homer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Homer when traveling from Fairbanks in September, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Dock Point Park & Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Homer to Valdez in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier

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 7th (Sat), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then get outside with 1st Choice Charters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Haines day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Valdez to Haines in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Kroschel Films ©
Kroschel Films
Photography Tours

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hike along Upper Dewey Lake and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Back Alley Rock Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 11th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, then learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Rotary Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Scanlon Gallery, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Skagway to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Mendenhall Glacier. Escape the urban bustle at Eagle Beach and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get engrossed in the history at Last Chance Mining Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Juneau online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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