22 days in Alaska, Washington State & California Itinerary

22 days in Alaska, Washington State & California Itinerary

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22 days in Alaska, Washington State & California Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Ferry:  9​h 45​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan holiday planner.

Kansas City to Ketchikan is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kansas City to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, you will find days in Ketchikan are colder (65°F), and nights are little chillier (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary ©
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
Zipline

2
nights
Seward

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Exit Glacier will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Resurrection Bay. And it doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, and admire all the interesting features of Mt. Marathon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seward day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ketchikan to Seward takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Anchorage trip planning app .

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Anchorage are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Nugget Falls and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours and meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Anchorage to Juneau by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Juneau hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Visiting Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Juneau to Olympic National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Juneau to Olympic National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in July: highs in Olympic National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get advice or help at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning site .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Olympic National Park in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Lembert Dome.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Mammoth Lakes, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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