19 days in Alaska Itinerary

19 days in Alaska Itinerary

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19 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Chena Hot Springs
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Seward
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
7
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: McAllen

1
night
Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs ©
Chena Hot Springs is a hot spring, resort, and unincorporated community in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States, 56.5 miles northeast of Fairbanks near the Chena River State Recreation Area. You've now added Chena Hot Springs Resort to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Chena Hot Springs Resort.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chena Hot Springs route planner.

McAllen to Chena Hot Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from McAllen to Chena Hot Springs, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from McAllen in July, expect Chena Hot Springs to be colder, temps between 71°F and 52°F. You will leave for Anchorage on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Chena Hot Springs

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chena Hot Springs Resort ©
Chena Hot Springs Resort

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.
Visiting Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail, and shop like a local with The Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chena Hot Springs to Anchorage. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seward journey maker tool .

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In August in Seward, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Art Shop Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Homer Spit and Fishing Charters & Tours. Fill the 7th (Wed) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Homer trip planning site .

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 August, daytime highs in Homer are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then stop by Fairweather Gallery and Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Juneau-Douglas City Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then shop like a local with Juneau Artist's Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau day trip planning site .

You can fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. August in Juneau sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get a taste of the local shopping with Island Artists Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitka travel planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get some cultural insight at Creek Street and Saxman Native Village. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Misty Fjords National Monument. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan vacation website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

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