18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska tour itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
2
Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Chitina
— 1 night
Drive
5
McCarthy
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
9
Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Anchorage — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then tour in style with a train tour. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online tour itinerary planner.

Grand Rapids to Anchorage is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Anchorage. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Rapids in July; daily highs in Anchorage reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Homer.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails
Side Trip

Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): get all the information you need at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then trek along Diamond Creek Trail.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Homer trip planner.

Drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for slightly colder days in Homer, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Seward.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Seward — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park to see Harding Ice Field Trail about 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seward holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chitina.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Chitina — 1 night

Chitina is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hike along Liberty Falls State Recreation Site.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chitina online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Chitina takes 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seward in July since evenings lows in Chitina dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to McCarthy.
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Highlights from your trip

McCarthy — 2 nights

McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Wild Alpine - Day Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and then hike along Root Glacier Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the McCarthy trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Chitina to McCarthy takes 2.5 hours. July in McCarthy sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Fairbanks — 2 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, make a trip to Santa Claus House, and then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks route builder website.

You can drive from McCarthy to Fairbanks in 8 hours. Traveling from McCarthy in July, Fairbanks is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip

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 28th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve tour planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Talkeetna.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then stop by Aurora Dora.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Anchorage.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Anchorage — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then tour in style with a train tour. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage journey maker app.

Getting from Talkeetna to Anchorage by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Tue).
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.