19 days in Alaska Itinerary

19 days in Alaska Itinerary

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19 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Seward
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + Ferry:  2​h
8
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then get advice or help at Seward Community Library & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Seward is much colder than San Francisco - with highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Visiting Homer Spit and Anchor River State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery, appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, and learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Homer vacation builder .

Getting from Seward to Homer by combination of taxi and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Homer, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Friends of Eagle River Nature. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anchorage tour itinerary planning site .

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 December, Anchorage is a bit cooler than Homer - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature

2
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and then sample the fine beverages at Hoarfrost Distilling.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Anchorage in December, you will find days in Fairbanks are little chillier (7°F), and nights are colder (-8°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hoarfrost Distilling ©
Hoarfrost Distilling

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In December, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is much hotter than Fairbanks - with highs of 30°F and lows of 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step out of the city life by going to Tracy Arm Fjord and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and don't miss a visit to Trickster Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Juneau driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau. In December, daytime highs in Juneau are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

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

1
night
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 4th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sitka day trip planning site .

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Juneau in January, with highs in Sitka at 44°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Baranof Island Brewing Company ©
Baranof Island Brewing Company

3
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Deer Mountain Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Beach, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Stone Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

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