24 days in Alaska Itinerary

24 days in Alaska Itinerary

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24 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
10
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Step out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seward day trip planning site .

San Francisco to Seward is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Seward at 64°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Pratt Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Homer journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Homer are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

3
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, stop by Cabin Fever, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Anchorage sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

2
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.
When in Denali National Park and Preserve, make a side trip to see Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, hike along Horseshoe Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve online route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 7.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°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 Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, and then examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. July in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

1
day
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. While traveling from Fairbanks, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

1
night
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum ©
Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Juneau online tour builder .

Fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
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 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sitka tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get advice or help at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

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