21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner
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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train
3
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Homer
— 2 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
6
Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
7
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Valdez
— 1 night
Drive
9
Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Fairbanks — 2 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and then examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Chena River State Recreation Area, examine the collection at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fairbanks holiday maker app.

Hamburg, Germany to Fairbanks is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Hamburg to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. June in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Savage River Loop Trail, then hike along Horseshoe Lake Trail, and then relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve vacation tool.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 14th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, then pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Talkeetna trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna takes 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Homer.
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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, stroll through Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then walk around Bishop's Beach Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Homer planner.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Homer in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Talkeetna in June, plan for slightly colder days in Homer, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to 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 18th (Tue): look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Tongass National Forest. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and then head outdoors with Sawyer Glacier.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Juneau travel app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Juneau in 8 hours. In June in Juneau, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Haines.
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Haines — 2 nights

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 20th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, then stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and finally stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Haines trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.
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Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 22nd (Sat), shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake, then look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Alaska 360. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, then make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and finally hike along Yakutania Point.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June in Skagway, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Valdez.
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Valdez — 1 night

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then stroll through The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Valdez travel planner.

Traveling by car from Skagway to Valdez takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anchorage.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Byron Glacier Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Friends of Eagle River Nature and Alaska Botanical Garden. Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, explore by horseback at Painted Mustangs, stroll through Star the Reindeer, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eklutna.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip app.

Traveling by car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
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