19 days in Alaska Itinerary

19 days in Alaska Itinerary

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19 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + ferry:  13​h
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + train:  12​h 30​min
7
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Stone Art, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ketchikan holiday maker app .

Washington DC to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Washington DC to Ketchikan, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Ketchikan to be slightly colder, around 54°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sitka trip planner .

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Sitka, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, and head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Zipline

1
night
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 19th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, and then explore the striking landscape of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Skagway trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Skagway Museum and Archives ©
Skagway Museum and Archives

2
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.
On the 20th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, then stroll through Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and finally stop by Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage tour itinerary website .

Getting from Skagway to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Anchorage are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

4
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Visit Homer Spit and Anchor River State Recreation Area for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery. Fill the 22nd (Wed) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and immerse yourself in nature at Bishop's Beach Park.

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

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Homer: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

3
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.
On the 26th (Sun), see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Homer in July: highs in Denali National Park and Preserve hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Denali ©
Denali
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Helicopter Tours