24 days in Alaska Itinerary

24 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 1 day
Fly

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Anchorage

— 1 night

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.
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage tour itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Anchorage is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Anchorage. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in August, with highs in Anchorage at 66°F and lows at 53°F. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Harding Ice Field Trail and Russian River Falls. Step out of Seward with an excursion to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Seward sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios, do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Shop Gallery. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, then appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer online journey planner.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Polar Bear Gifts and then get great views at Beluga Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail, then stroll through Byron Glacier Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Prince William Sound Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Homer to Anchorage takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 3 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Independence Mine State Historical Park and Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Talkeetna: Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod (in Willow) and Wasilla (Iditarod Headquarters & Bearpaw River Brewing Company). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and walk around Talkeetna Lakes Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Talkeetna trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Savage Alpine Trail and Wonder Lake. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, and look for gifts at Wild about Denali.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Denali National Park and Preserve using our trip planner.

Take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Explore hidden gems such as Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and Angel Rocks Trail. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, identify plant and animal life at Birch Hill Recreation Area, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and examine the collection at Fairbanks Community Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Valdez travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, Valdez is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Anchorage

— 1 day

The City of Lights and Flowers

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Seward Hwy and then head outdoors with Turnagain Arm.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Alaska travel guide

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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.