17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whittier
— 2 nights
Train:  9​h 45​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Take a break from Skagway with a short trip to Chilkoot River in Haines, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway itinerary builder website .

Chicago to Skagway is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Skagway, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Skagway reach 65°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chilkoot River
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum ©
Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then admire all the interesting features of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Skagway to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll set off for Whittier on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Whittier

Whittier ©
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. You've now added Prince William Sound to your itinerary. On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Whittier holiday planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Whittier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Anchorage in August, things will get a bit cooler in Whittier: highs are around 60°F and lows about 47°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Whittier

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Prince William Sound
Highlights from your plan
Prince William Sound ©
Prince William Sound

2
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve online vacation planner .

Getting from Whittier to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 10 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You will leave for Juneau on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Denali ©
Denali
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Juneau. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in September, Juneau is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and then trek along Deer Mountain Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 50°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

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