17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly

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Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 12th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip itinerary planning site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Talkeetna is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Zurich to Talkeetna. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect Talkeetna to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seafarer's Memorial. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Homer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Talkeetna in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Homer: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Sitka

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Homer to Sitka takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Sitka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, and finally trek along Yakutania Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, then contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, then don't miss a visit to Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Skagway online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Skagway in 4.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Eagle Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mount Roberts Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

Before you visit Juneau, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Valdez road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Valdez, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Virgin Creek Falls Trail. Get in touch with nature at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Byron Glacier Trail. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska, stroll through Alyeska Ski Area, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.