24 days in Tucson, Alaska & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

24 days in Tucson, Alaska & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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Tucson
— 3 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
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Fly to Phoenix, Shuttle to Tucson

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Tucson

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Explore Tucson's surroundings by going to Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ (in Gilbert) and Chandler (KOLI Equestrian Center & Chandler Museum). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, stop by Mac's Indian Jewelry, take some stellar pictures from Gates Pass, and admire the landmark architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tucson journey maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Tucson. In May, daytime highs in Tucson are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ketchikan using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Tucson to Ketchikan takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tucson to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tucson in May, you will find days in Ketchikan are much colder (59°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sitka online vacation planner.

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 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, don't miss a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Juneau travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Juneau sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, then shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, then sample the fine beverages at Skagway Spirits Distillery, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Klondike Brewing Company.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway route planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

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Seward

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 21st (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, then take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seward trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Skagway to Seward takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Seward is slightly colder than Skagway - with highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

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Anchorage

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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kincaid Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kailua-Kona

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hilo (Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Akaka Falls State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and see the sky in a new way at Mauna Kea Observatories.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip site.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Kailua-Kona takes 8.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Anchorage in May, expect Kailua-Kona to be warmer, temps between 83°F and 73°F. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.