18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petersburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly

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Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip planner.

Sacramento to Ketchikan is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sacramento in August, you will find days in Ketchikan are cooler (66°F), and nights are slightly colder (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Petersburg

— 3 nights
Petersburg is a census-designated place in Petersburg Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Clausen Memorial Museum and then head outdoors with Alaska Passages. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Stikine-Leconte Wilderness.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Petersburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ketchikan to Petersburg takes 10.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. You'll set off for Juneau on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Petersburg

Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau day trip planner.

You can drive from Petersburg to Juneau in 10.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Alaska Native Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then cruise along Seward Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Anchorage sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Denali and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North, don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.