17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  12​h
1
Homer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Soldotna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Homer Spit, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer travel planning app .

Knoxville to Homer is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. When traveling from Knoxville in September, plan for much colder 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 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Soldotna.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

2
nights
Soldotna

Soldotna ©
Soldotna is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alaska Kenai Fishing for Fun. On the 5th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Chapel, take an in-depth tour of Soldotna Historical Society, then take a memorable excursion with Alaska Kenai Fishing for Fun, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kenai River Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church, then stroll through Kenai Beach, then explore the activities along Russian River, and finally learn about winemaking at Alaska Berries.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Soldotna tour planner .

You can drive from Homer to Soldotna in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Soldotna are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Soldotna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kenai
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Kenai Fishing for Fun ©
Alaska Kenai Fishing for Fun
Soldotna Historical Society ©
Soldotna Historical Society
Alaska Berries ©
Alaska Berries

3
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.
Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seward online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Soldotna to Seward takes 2 hours. September in Seward sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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 historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage vacation app .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

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

3
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, then look for gifts at Chinook and Company, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan travel route planning website .

Getting from Juneau to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

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