21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

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21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + ferry:  10​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Seward
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Talkeetna
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center and then take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan journey planner .

Detroit to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. In September, Ketchikan is little chillier than Detroit - with highs of 60°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Caribou Creek Company ©
Caribou Creek Company

2
nights
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. On the 22nd (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sitka day trip app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Sitka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tracy Arm Fjord. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mendenhall Glacier and Fairweather Gallery and Gifts. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, delve into the lush surroundings at Treadwell Historic Mine Trail, and hike along Mount Roberts Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Juneau are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

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

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 28th (Sat), stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, then view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography, then steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street, and finally stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Skagway visit website .

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Gold Rush Cemetery ©
Gold Rush Cemetery
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Friends of Eagle River Nature and Virgin Creek Falls Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Chugach National Forest. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, explore the activities along Lake Eklutna, stop by Stewart's Photo Shop, and get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Skagway to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

2
nights
Seward

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 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, then trek along Harding Ice Field Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bear Glacier.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seward online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Seward, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Harding Ice Field Trail
Highlights from your plan
Seward Boat Harbor ©
Seward Boat Harbor
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pratt Museum and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Ninilchik (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Bishop's Beach Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery.

Start your trip to Homer by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Homer are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Photography Tours

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, get a taste of the local shopping with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then look for gifts at Susitna Salmon Center, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Talkeetna online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Homer to Talkeetna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Homer in October: high temperatures in Talkeetna hover around 44°F and lows are around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
River Rafting & Tubing
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©

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