20 days in Alaska Itinerary

20 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Newark

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan travel planner.

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Ketchikan, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

3
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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and make a trip to Mendenhall Glacier.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Juneau holiday planner.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. September in Juneau sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, then take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, then explore the activities along Chilkoot River, then stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, and finally examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Skagway road trip website.

Fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Skagway are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Anchorage

The City of Lights and Flowers

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.
Spend the 19th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage road trip planning website.

Fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, then look for gifts at Wild about Denali, and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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Fairbanks

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and finally look for gifts at Santa Claus House. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Seward

Alaska Starts Here

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 23rd (Thu), meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seward trip maker tool.

Getting from Fairbanks to Seward by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seward, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.