17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry to Haines, AK, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Ketchikan

— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company, then get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, and then hike along Deer Mountain Trail. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, take an in-depth tour of Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska, and finally hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan itinerary website.

Minneapolis to Ketchikan is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in September; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 60°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, then stroll through Mount Roberts Trail, and then trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Juneau route maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

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.
On the 7th (Tue), see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Haines trip builder app.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Step off the beaten path and head to Davidson Glacier and State Street and Broadway Street. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, make a trip to Gold Rush Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

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Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. September in Skagway sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Skagway

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier, examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier and then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Valdez trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Skagway to Valdez takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Valdez are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kantishna Wilderness Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Wonder Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve day trip planning app.

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 5 hours. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 17th (Fri), trek along Byron Glacier Trail and then hit the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Friends of Eagle River Nature, then head outdoors with Turnagain Arm, and then explore and take pictures at Seward Hwy.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage visit app.

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.