21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
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Sitka
— 2 nights
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive to Wasilla, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive
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North Pole
— 2 nights
Drive to Fairbanks International Airport, Fly to Cincinnati

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Ketchikan — 2 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snorkel Alaska and Tongass National Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail and Misty Fjords National Monument. And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with Ketchikan Helicopters, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, and immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip maker site.

Cincinnati to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Cincinnati to Ketchikan, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in August, expect Ketchikan to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.
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Sitka — 2 nights

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. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sitka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 2 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Roberts Trail, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Juneau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Skagway.
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Skagway — 3 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point Wilderness Safari and Off-Road Tours. Visiting Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail and Skagway Float Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hike along Upper Dewey Lake, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, and make a trip to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Skagway attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Valdez.
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Valdez — 2 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 17th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon.

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Fly from Skagway to Valdez in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Skagway, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valdez, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Anchorage.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Anchorage — 3 nights

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 19th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Portage Glacier Cruises, stroll through Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alyeska Ski Area. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage journey planner.

Getting from Valdez to Anchorage by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Valdez in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Denali and Savage Alpine Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Denali Photo Guides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denali National Park and Preserve: Alaskan War Veterans Memorial (in Talkeetna) and Denali State Park (in Trapper Creek). There's still lots to do: trek along Horseshoe Lake Trail, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder site.

Do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to North Pole.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trips

North Pole — 2 nights

North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the engineering at Chena Lake Recreation Area and then look for gifts at The Knotty Shop.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the North Pole trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to North Pole with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in North Pole are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.