23 days in Alaska Itinerary

23 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train to Wasilla, Taxi to Palmer
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Palmer
— 1 night
Fly
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 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 Brussels

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Fairbanks — 1 night

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 24th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Parish, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Rocks Trail, then steep yourself in history at Alaskan Pipeline, and finally look for gifts at Bishops Jewelry Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks road trip tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Fairbanks is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brussels to Fairbanks. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage Alpine Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then experience rural life at Dog Gone It.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palmer.
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Palmer — 1 night

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hike along Bodenburg Butte, then admire the sheer force of Pioneer Falls, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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Do a combination of train and taxi from Denali National Park and Preserve to Palmer in 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Homer.
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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 29th (Sat), get outside with Inlet Charters Across Alaska Adventures, pause for some photo ops at Seafarer's Memorial, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Homer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Palmer in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Homer: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Seward.
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Seward — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seward Boat Harbor and Bear Glacier. Explore hidden gems such as Harding Ice Field Trail and Holgate Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Mt. Marathon, take an exotic tour of Backcountry Safaris, walk around Seward Waterfront Park Playground, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Seward sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Friends of Eagle River Nature and Beluga Point. Get outdoors at Seward Hwy and Westchester Lagoon. The adventure continues: make a trip to Lake Hood Harbor, have fun at Lake Spenard, head outdoors with Turnagain Arm, and admire the natural beauty at Alaska Botanical Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Anchorage road trip website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Juneau.
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Juneau — 4 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step out of the city life by going to Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Treadwell Historic Mine Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eagle Beach and Northern Passages and Glacier Bay. There's much more to do: go deep underground at AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour, get outside with Bread n Butter Charters, explore the striking landscape at Herbert Glacier, and look for all kinds of wild species at Steep Creek.

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Getting from Anchorage to Juneau by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Juneau sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.
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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 11th (Fri): head outdoors with Alaska Adventures Unlimited, trek along Herring Cove Trail, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Escape the urban bustle at Deer Mountain Trail and Ketchikan Rainbird Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Rotary Beach and Chief Johnson Totem Pole. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the history behind Eagle Park, look for gifts at Caribbean Gems, and walk around City Park of Ketchikan.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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