25 days in Alaska Itinerary

25 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Valdez
— 1 night
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Train to Anchorage, Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Chicago O'Hare

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Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Totem Heritage Center and The Rain Barrel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Creek Street and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. There's much more to do: trek along Deer Mountain Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Rotary Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska, and stroll through Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan road trip planner.

Chicago to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. In June, Ketchikan is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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. On the 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, then trek along Herring Cove Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Starrigavan Recreation Area, and then step into the grandiose world of Baranof Castle State Historical Site.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka sightseeing app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Sitka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Escape the urban bustle at Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Northern Passages and Glacier Bay and Ward Air. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Treadwell Historic Mine Trail, get engrossed in the history at Last Chance Mining Museum, trek along Gold Creek Flume Trail, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Juneau trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Haines

— 2 nights

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkat River and then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center.

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

Getting from Juneau to Haines by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. June in Haines sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, then pause for some photo ops at Skagway Centenial Statue, and then get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In June in Skagway, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Native Heritage Center. Let the collections at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Seward Hwy, explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Woronzof, and walk around Westchester Lagoon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage travel route planner.

Getting from Skagway to Anchorage by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Valdez

— 1 night
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dock Point Park & Trail and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Valdez vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Valdez to Denali National Park and Preserve in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. June in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Homer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Take a break from the city and head to Homer Spit and Inlet Charters Across Alaska Adventures. Let the collections at Pratt Museum and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, head outdoors with Brooks Alaskan Adventures - Private Day Charters, and delve into the lush surroundings at Carl E. Wynn Nature Center.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Homer vacation planning website.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Homer in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Homer, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.