21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

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21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Palmer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
car:  4​h 30​min
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
drive:  5​h
6
Fairbanks
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Chena Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
8
Haines
— 2 nights
ferry:  6​h 15​min
9
Juneau
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
10
Petersburg
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
11
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h
End: Prince Rupert

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.
On the 25th (Thu), hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail. On the next day, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage online trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Brisbane to Anchorage. In June in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Seward Hwy
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Seward Hwy ©
Seward Hwy
Alaska Botanical Garden ©
Alaska Botanical Garden

1
day
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 28th (Sun): meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seward travel route planner .

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anchorage in June: highs in Seward hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

1
night
Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 29th (Mon), experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm, then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmer road trip planner.

You can drive from Seward to Palmer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature Parks
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Independence Mine State Historical Park ©
Reindeer Farm ©
Reindeer Farm
Musk Ox Farm ©
Musk Ox Farm

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Talkeetna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Palmer to Talkeetna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Talkeetna Riverfront Park ©
Talkeetna Riverfront Park
The Dancing Leaf Gallery ©
The Dancing Leaf Gallery

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 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Lake Trail, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Wonder Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve day trip planner .

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

1
night
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 4th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, then get your game on at Gold Daughters Alaska, and finally examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks itinerary maker app .

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Chena Hot Springs.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park
Gold Daughters Alaska ©
Gold Daughters Alaska

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. On the 6th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Chena Hot Springs Resort.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chena Hot Springs day trip app .

Traveling by car from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Chena Hot Springs are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Haines.

Things to do in Chena Hot Springs

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

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area, then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally explore the activities along Chilkat River.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Haines trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chena Hot Springs to Haines. Traveling from Chena Hot Springs in July, expect nights in Haines to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Davidson Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Alaska Knifeworks, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, and finally trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Juneau travel planner.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Zipline

2
nights
Petersburg

Petersburg ©
Petersburg is a census-designated place in Petersburg Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Clausen Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Stikine-Leconte Wilderness.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Petersburg road trip planning site .

You can drive from Juneau to Petersburg in 10.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Petersburg

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Clausen Memorial Museum ©
Clausen Memorial Museum

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument. On your second day here, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Tongass National Forest, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel route builder website .

You can drive from Petersburg to Ketchikan in 10.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

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