18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + ferry:  10​h 30​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Hoonah
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planner .

Houston to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Houston to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in September: high temperatures in Ketchikan hover around 60°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoonah.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Zipline

1
day
Hoonah

Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hoonah trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Hoonah in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ketchikan in September since evenings lows in Hoonah dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Hoonah

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve day trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Hoonah to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In September in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

1
night
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Denali National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in September, Denali National Park and Preserve is slightly colder at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Mc Kinley Park Rd ©
Mc Kinley Park Rd

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage in 7.5 hours. September in Anchorage sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary ©
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Exit Glacier. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seward road trip tool .

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In September in Seward, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Seafarer's Memorial, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Homer online driving holiday planner .

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. In September, daytime highs in Homer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Tracy Arm Fjord and Northern Passages and Glacier Bay. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and look for gifts at Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and 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 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord

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