22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

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22 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Palmer
— 1 night
Train:  5​h
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
7
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Homer
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Portland

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Mount Roberts Trail, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary maker tool .

Portland to Juneau is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Portland to Juneau. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Portland in June, with highs in Juneau at 63°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Davidson Glacier and Alaska 360. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Chilkoot River in Haines (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Skagway journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. June in Skagway sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

4
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Matanuska Glacier and Crow Creek Mine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Friends of Eagle River Nature and Hatcher Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anchorage: Whittier (Kayaking & Canoeing & Fishing Charters & Tours). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, trek along Willawaw Nature Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Skagway to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Alaska, Whittier
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 21st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Valdez day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Glacier ©
Columbia Glacier
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

1
night
Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, and then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Palmer trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Palmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Reindeer Farm ©
Reindeer Farm

4
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Savage River Loop Trail and Horseshoe Lake Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Husky Homestead and Denali. Spend the 26th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Kantishna Wilderness Trails. There's lots more to do: trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

You can take a train from Palmer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Denali ©
Denali

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, and finally get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna online journey planner .

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bishop's Beach Park and Homer Spit. Bring the kids along to Pratt Museum and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Homer side-trips: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (in Soldotna) and Holgate Glacier (in Seward). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, and appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Homer planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Homer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Talkeetna in June, you will find days in Homer are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Holgate Glacier, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

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