17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + ferry:  21​h 45​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Juneau
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for historic sites, parks, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Ketchikan is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. Traveling from Auckland to Ketchikan, you'll gain 21 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Ketchikan is little chillier than Auckland - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, get interesting insight from Tours, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Juneau when traveling from Ketchikan in October, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

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

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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

2
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, nightlife, parks, theme parks, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, go for a walk through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and look for gifts at Santa Claus House.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fairbanks road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks. In October, Fairbanks is little chillier than Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Seward

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 25th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Fairbanks to Seward takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in October, with highs in Seward at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

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.
Anchorage is known for parks, historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Traveling from Seward in October, Anchorage is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Rail Tours

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