22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, walk around Potlatch Totem Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Ketchikan is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Rome in September, expect nights in Ketchikan to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Sitka — 1 night

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. On the 13th (Tue), stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sitka trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Sitka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Nature

Juneau — 4 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and catch a ride on Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

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

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Seward — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Seward day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Juneau to Seward in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Seward sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anchorage.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Anchorage — 4 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.
Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, contemplate the long history of Oscar Anderson House Museum, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and cruise along Seward Hwy.

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You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Anchorage are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

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 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Wonder Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

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You can take a train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Fairbanks.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and look for gifts at Santa Claus House.

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You can fly from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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.