18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Seward
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h
7
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
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Seward

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harding Ice Field Trail and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Seward vacation app .

San Francisco to Seward is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Seward, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Seward to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
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Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Resurrection Bay ©
Resurrection Bay

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Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then kick back and relax at Homer Spit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer travel planning app .

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 July, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Anchorage Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Anchorage online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary ©
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

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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.
Visiting Husky Homestead and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna to see Alaskan War Veterans Memorial about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 6th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring at Wonder Lake. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve vacation planner.

You can do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Mc Kinley Park Rd ©
Mc Kinley Park Rd

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Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 10th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and then take in the exciting artwork at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Caribou Crossings.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Juneau online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to Juneau. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

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Sitka

Sitka ©
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore and take pictures at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sitka travel route builder tool .

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip planning app .

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Zipline