17 days in Alaska & San Francisco Itinerary

17 days in Alaska & San Francisco Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Homer
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Seward
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Madrid

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary planning site .

Tokyo, Japan to Anchorage is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Anchorage reach 16°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Art Shop Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company, and then immerse yourself in nature at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Homer day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Beaches Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Anchor River State Recreation Area ©
Norman Lowell Gallery ©
Norman Lowell Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Mt. Marathon and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then trek along Harding Ice Field Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Seward sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Harding Ice Field Trail
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Captain William Moore Cabin, then steep yourself in history at The Artic Brotherhood Hall 1899, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography, take an in-depth tour of Trail of '98 Museum, then trek along Upper Dewey Lake, and finally explore and take pictures at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Skagway in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. In September in Skagway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sitka.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Moore Cabin ©
Moore Cabin

2
nights
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. On the 13th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, and then explore and take pictures at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Skagway to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. September in Sitka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by Caribou Creek Company, get your bearings at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with The Rain Barrel and then kick back and relax at Rotary Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
The Rain Barrel ©
The Rain Barrel

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Twin Peaks and Marin Headlands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Mori Point (in Pacifica).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and subway from Ketchikan to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ketchikan to San Francisco is 1 hour. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Ketchikan - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mori Point, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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