25 days in Alaska Itinerary

25 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Juneau
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 5 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 Anchorage, Bus to Seward
5
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Homer
— 3 nights
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7
Palmer
— 1 night
Taxi to Wasilla, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
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Juneau — 3 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and catch a ride on Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Juneau travel route planner.

Chicago to Juneau is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Juneau to be slightly colder, around 52°F, while days are cooler, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 5 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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, don't miss a visit to Seward Hwy, grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and stroll through Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in July: highs in Anchorage hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can 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.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Anchorage to Ketchikan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.
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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. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Sitka online trip maker.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel 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.
When in Seward, make a side trip to see Harding Ice Field Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park, approximately Kenai Fjords National Park away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seward itinerary app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sitka to Seward in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Seward, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Homer.
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Homer — 3 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and finally explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Diamond Creek Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Homer tour planner.

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly 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 23rd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palmer day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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.
On the 24th (Sun), experience rural life at Dog Gone It and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Palmer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 2 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and then stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Keep things going the next day: stop by Santa Claus House, then find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, and then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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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