22 days in Nebraska, Alaska & Carlisle Itinerary

22 days in Nebraska, Alaska & Carlisle Itinerary

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Omaha
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 3 nights
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Skagway
— 1 night
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
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Seward
— 3 nights
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Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Drive to Carlisle
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Carlisle
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Omaha

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Henry Doorly Zoo and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Lincoln (Museum of American Speed & Hamann Rose Garden). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market, view the masterpieces at Curbside Clothing, and take an in-depth tour of The Durham Museum.

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Washington DC to Omaha is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Omaha is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in May, Omaha is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Family-friendly places like Misty Fjords National Monument and Zipline will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan tour planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Omaha to Ketchikan takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Omaha to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Omaha in May, with highs in Ketchikan at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, get a taste of the local shopping with Island Artists Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sitka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Bring the kids along to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Zipline. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Juneau online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Skagway

— 1 night
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 18th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, and finally see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway day trip website.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Skagway are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Anchorage

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Kincaid Park and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage route planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seward

— 3 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 23rd (Sun), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seward online road trip planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Carlisle.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Carlisle

— 3 nights
Carlisle is a borough and the county seat of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Bring the kids along to Gettysburg National Military Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Carlisle's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery, Devils Den, &more) and National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (in Emmitsburg).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carlisle day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seward to Carlisle. Traveling from Seward to Carlisle, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seward in May, with highs in Carlisle at 73°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlisle

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Nebraska travel guide

4.6
Aquariums · Shopping · History Museums
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.