18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
1
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
2
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
3
Sitka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive to Juneau International Airport, Fly to Fairbanks
5
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
6
Seward
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
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Juneau — 3 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Zipline. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Fairweather Gallery and Gifts. There's lots more to do: get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and catch a ride on Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Juneau tour planner.

San Antonio to Juneau is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Antonio in July, with highs in Juneau at 63°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Ketchikan — 2 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, then take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and then stroll around Saxman Native Village.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan day trip planning website.

Getting from Juneau to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Sitka — 1 night

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Nature

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve — 2 nights

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sitka to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Fairbanks.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Fairbanks — 1 night

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks with the Route module. Traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in July, you will find days in Fairbanks are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Seward.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Seward — 1 night

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 2nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Seward road trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fairbanks to Seward in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in August, expect nights in Seward to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Anchorage.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Anchorage — 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Oscar Anderson House Museum. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Portage Glacier, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, and walk around Kincaid Park.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
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.