17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Roberts Trail and Eagle Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perseverance National Recreation Trail, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and stop by Alaska Knifeworks.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau planner.

Santiago, Chile to Juneau is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Juneau are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Haines

— 2 nights

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Haines holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Haines are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, then take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Haines to Anchorage in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 30th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Valdez online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Valdez by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Anchorage in May: high temperatures in Valdez hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, learn something new at Aurora Dora, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Talkeetna online road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. When traveling from Valdez in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough 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 2nd (Tue): stroll through Homer Spit, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then gain insight at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Norman Lowell Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and then walk around Bishop's Beach Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Homer trip planner.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Homer in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Talkeetna in June: highs in Homer hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Savage River Loop Trail and Savage Alpine Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Horseshoe Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Homer in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Denali National Park and Preserve: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.