20 days in Alaska Itinerary

20 days in Alaska Itinerary

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20 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Seward
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h
8
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  11​h
End: Columbus

2
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 27th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus House, have some family-friendly fun at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip builder website .

Columbus to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Columbus to Fairbanks. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Columbus in June; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 71°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park
Gold Daughters Alaska ©
Gold Daughters Alaska

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. June in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage takes 7.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Resurrection Lutheran Church, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Benny Benson Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seward journey planner .

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Seward hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Homer Spit and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

Discover how to plan a Homer trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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, daytime highs in Homer are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Juneau vacation app .

You can fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sitka road trip tool .

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

4
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ketchikan trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Zipline

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