21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
3
Trapper Creek
— 1 night
Drive
4
Seward
— 4 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Skagway
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Skagway
— 1 night
Fly
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Syracuse

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Anchorage

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take an in-depth tour of The Roundhouse at Alyeska, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Family Cathedral, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

Syracuse to Anchorage is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In August, Anchorage is a bit cooler than Syracuse - with highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
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 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Traveling by train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trapper Creek.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Trails

Trapper Creek

— 1 night
Trapper Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 5th (Sat), stop by Wal Mikes and then catch all the local highlights with Denali Gold Tours.

To plan Trapper Creek vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to Trapper Creek. In September, daytime highs in Trapper Creek are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Trapper Creek

Tours · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Seward

— 4 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Step out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marathon.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seward trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Trapper Creek to Seward in 5 hours. September in Seward sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Skagway

— 1 night
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get all the information you need at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Skagway trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Seward to Skagway by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Skagway sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Zipline. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and don't miss a visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Deer Mountain Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan tour website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.