25 days in Alaska Itinerary

25 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska vacation planner

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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 Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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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
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
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Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and stroll around Saxman Native Village.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Ketchikan online trip itinerary maker.

Houston to Ketchikan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Houston to Ketchikan. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Houston in September, with highs in Ketchikan at 60°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 18th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. September in Sitka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find out how to plan a trip to Juneau, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Kincaid Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Bring the kids along to Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 2nd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour.

Discover how to plan a Homer trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Homer sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Bring the kids along to Denali and Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's more to do: hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Homer in October; daily highs in Denali National Park and Preserve reach 44°F and lows reach 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 37°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.