22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Anchorage, Train to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Boston

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Talkeetna

— 3 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Independence Mine State Historical Park and Hatcher Pass. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Hurricane Turn. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Talkeetna: Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod (in Willow) and Denali State Park (in Trapper Creek). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, see Off-Road Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Talkeetna trip itinerary maker site.

Boston to Talkeetna is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Boston to Talkeetna. Traveling from Boston in July, expect Talkeetna to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then hit the best photo ops around with Lu Lu Belle Glacier Wildlife Cruises. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and finally examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Valdez sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Talkeetna to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Talkeetna in August, you will find days in Valdez are little chillier (60°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Anchorage

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, take in nature's colorful creations at Alaska Botanical Garden, delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eklutna, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Beluga Point. Here are some ideas for day two: see Girdwood Mushing Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area, then stroll through Byron Glacier Trail, and finally get a new perspective on things with Portage Glacier Cruises.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

You can drive from Valdez to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Valdez in August, expect nights in Anchorage to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pratt Museum and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Alaska Ultimate Safaris. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Gallery, get outside with Brooks Alaskan Adventures - Private Day Charters, and walk around Bishop's Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Homer road trip planning website.

Drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. In August in Homer, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Haines

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Haines trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Haines in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 13th (Thu), trek along Upper Dewey Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, then make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, then take an unforgettable tour with TEMSCO Helicopters - Skagway, and finally stroll through Yakutania Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, let the river carry you with Skagway Float Tours, take an in-depth tour of Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, then trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, then steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, and finally view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway online travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 15th (Sat), head outdoors with Best Damn Charters, sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, then look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then trek along Mount Roberts Trail, and finally trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Eagle Beach, then get some thrills on the water with Alaska Luxury Tours, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Make your Juneau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Sitka

— 2 nights
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 17th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral. On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sitka trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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 19th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Snorkel Alaska, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, then see the world from above with Ketchikan Helicopters, and finally stroll around Potlatch Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Rain Barrel, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Tongass National Forest, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

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

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.