17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h
1
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, then go for a walk through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and finally examine the collection at Fairbanks Ice Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks travel itinerary planner .

Newark to Fairbanks is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Newark to Fairbanks. In September, Fairbanks is cooler than Newark - with highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then immerse yourself in nature at Bishop's Beach Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, then do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Homer tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Homer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 44°F in Homer. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Norman Lowell Gallery ©
Norman Lowell Gallery

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 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum, then explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, daytime highs in Anchorage are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

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

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 11th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Valdez travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
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 13th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and then identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Haines road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Valdez to Haines takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Haines are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
American Bald Eagle Foundation ©
American Bald Eagle Foundation

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, explore and take pictures at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and finally stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, then steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street, then take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

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Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. September in Skagway sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
BearHead Photography Gallery ©
BearHead Photography Gallery
Skagway Museum and Archives ©
Skagway Museum and Archives

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 17th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Last Chance Mining Museum, hike along Mount Roberts Trail, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Caribou Crossings, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Juneau road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Last Chance Mining Museum ©
Last Chance Mining Museum

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 19th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, get engrossed in the history at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, shop like a local with Caribou Creek Company, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally walk around Potlatch Totem Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan tour itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Potlatch Totem Park ©
Potlatch Totem Park
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Caribou Creek Company ©
Caribou Creek Company

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