18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
+3
train + bus + Fly + ferry:  14​h 45​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Haines
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
6
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Seward
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Cleveland

1
night
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll around Potlatch Totem Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Caribou Creek Company, get engrossed in the history at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary maker site .

Cleveland to Ketchikan is an approximately 15-hour combination of train, bus, flight, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in August, expect Ketchikan to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Potlatch Totem Park ©
Potlatch Totem Park
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Roberts Trail and Mendenhall Glacier. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, stop by Alaska Knifeworks, and admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To see maps and tourist information, read Juneau attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 18th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, then don't miss a visit to Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, then steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street, then take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and finally hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway online day trip planner .

Fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Lower Reid Falls ©
Lower Reid Falls
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the activities along Chilkoot River. On the next day, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kroschel Films.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Haines trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Skagway to Haines takes 1.5 hours. In August in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Haines

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

1
night
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

Plan trip to Valdez with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Haines to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Valdez are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, and finally get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip planner .

Getting from Valdez to Talkeetna by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Valdez in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Talkeetna, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©
Nagley's Store ©
Nagley's Store

2
nights
Seward

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.
On the 25th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Resurrection Lutheran Church, then explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Seward takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Seward, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier
Kayaking & Canoeing
Seward Boat Harbor ©
Seward Boat Harbor

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Kayaking & Canoeing

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