18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Homer
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  12​h 30​min
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Haines
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Rochester

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Homer trip itinerary maker website .

Rochester to Homer is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Homer is minus 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rochester in June, with highs in Homer at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, explore the activities along Byers Lake, and then immerse yourself in nature at Denali State Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Horseshoe Lake Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Homer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Denali National Park and Preserve, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Denali State Park, Byers Lake
Highlights from your plan
Denali State Park ©
Denali State Park
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turnagain Arm and Alaska Wild Berry Products. Popular historic sites such as Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Holy Family Cathedral are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, trek along Crow Pass National Historic Trail, examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip planner .

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage by combination of train and car takes about 7.5 hours. June in Anchorage sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Turnagain Arm ©
Turnagain Arm

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 24th (Mon), explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, and then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Valdez trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Valdez sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

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
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Haines trip planner .

You can fly from Valdez to Haines in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. June in Haines sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

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

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 28th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakutania Point, hike along Upper Dewey Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Skagway Spirits Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Captain William Moore Cabin, and finally look for gifts at Alaska Artworks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Skagway using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Skagway are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Moore Cabin ©
Moore Cabin

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Eagle Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Mendenhall Glacier and Amalga Distillery. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog, sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip website .

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching