22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
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Train to Anchorage, Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Homer
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Denver

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Fairbanks

— 1 night

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then look for gifts at Santa Claus House. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, then learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks attractions planner.

Denver to Fairbanks is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to Fairbanks, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for cooler days in Fairbanks, with highs around 53°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve driving holiday website.

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Homer trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Homer in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Homer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Seward

— 2 nights

Alaska Starts Here

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.
On the 8th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seward journey planner.

Getting from Homer to Seward by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Seward are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Anchorage

— 3 nights

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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, then make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives.

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Fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Juneau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sitka trip builder.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Saxman Native Village, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Misty Fjords National Monument, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Alaska travel guide

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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.