26 days in Alaska Itinerary

26 days in Alaska Itinerary

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26 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly + ferry:  13​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
6
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Homer
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
8
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Pittsburgh

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, nature, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore and take pictures at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan day trip planning website .

Pittsburgh to Ketchikan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in June: high temperatures in Ketchikan hover around 62°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau day trip planning website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Skagway.

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
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Skagway trip maker tool .

Fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July in Skagway, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature Wildlife Parks

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.
Denali National Park and Preserve is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, nightlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Denali National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in July, you will find days in Denali National Park and Preserve are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
River Rafting & Tubing
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, make a trip to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fairbanks holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Chena Hot Springs Resort
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 14th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Homer Spit and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Homer trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Homer takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Fairbanks in July, expect nights in Homer to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

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

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.
Seward is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

Before you visit Anchorage, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In July in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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