21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
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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 Northern Kentucky International Airport

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get outdoors at Snorkel Alaska and Ketchikan Rainbird Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tongass National Forest and Deer Mountain Trail. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Ketchikan Helicopters, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument.

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Cincinnati to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Cincinnati in May, expect Ketchikan to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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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 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sitka trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 20th (Thu), hike along Mount Roberts Trail, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Juneau are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Davidson Glacier and Upper Dewey Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Skagway Float Tours, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

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Valdez

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Valdez takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Skagway in May, with highs in Valdez at 49°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Anchorage

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Portage Glacier Cruises, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then stroll through Alyeska Ski Area. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then explore the activities along Cook Inlet, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Valdez to Anchorage in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Valdez in May; daily highs in Anchorage reach 59°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Denali State Park and Denali Photo Guides. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Horseshoe Lake Trail. When in Denali National Park and Preserve, make a side trip to see Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna, approximately Talkeetna away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, trek along Savage Alpine Trail, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve tour itinerary planning tool.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to North Pole.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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North Pole

North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): let little ones run wild at Chena Lake Recreation Area and then stop by The Knotty Shop.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the North Pole trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to North Pole. June in North Pole sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 4th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in North Pole

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

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Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.