21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau International Airport, Drive to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 1 night
Fly
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Byron Glacier Trail and Chugach State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alaska Botanical Garden and Lake Hood Harbor. Step out of Anchorage to go to Whittier and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Turnagain Arm, explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point, and stop by Polar Bear Gifts.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary planning app.

Newark to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Anchorage, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Anchorage to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anchorage to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

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Haines

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): browse the collection at Haines Borough Public Library, trek along Battery Point Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, then explore the activities along Chilkat River, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area, then explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Chilkat State Park, and finally play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range.

Before you visit Haines, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then take an in-depth tour of The Mascot Saloon, and finally trek along Yakutania Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway trip maker tool.

Getting from Haines to Skagway by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Take a break from the city and head to Eagle Beach and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Treadwell Historic Mine Trail. There's lots more to do: get outside with Best Damn Charters, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, make a trip to Trickster Company, and sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Juneau road trip site.

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Juneau are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, stroll through Deer Mountain Trail, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then stroll around Potlatch Totem Park, and finally head outdoors with Settlers Cove State Recreational Site. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, then get answers to all your questions at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and finally trek along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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Valdez

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Columbia Glacier and Chugach National Forest. Take a break from the city and head to The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and River Wrangellers. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail, take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Valdez trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Valdez takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ketchikan in August; daily highs in Valdez reach 60°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Katmai National Park and Preserve

The volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of brown bears who spend their summers fattening up on the plentiful salmon that fill the wilderness area's rivers and streams.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Naknek Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Brooks River, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Brooks Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Katmai National Park and Preserve trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Valdez to Katmai National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In August in Katmai National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature

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.