27 days in Alaska Itinerary

27 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska journey planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
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
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 2 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
— 2 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
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Ketchikan

— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stop by Caribbean Gems and then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fish Creek Company, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, then steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally get outside with Settlers Cove State Recreational Site.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan road trip tool.

Chicago to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chicago to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: stroll through Alaska Powder Descents, pause for some photo ops at Empty Chair Memorial, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, and get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In March, Juneau is slightly colder than Sitka - with highs of 39°F and lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, and then go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Valdez online holiday planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In March in Valdez, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seward

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the activities along Resurrection Bay. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seward journey app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daytime highs in Seward are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on J Bear Tours, then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts, and then see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Homer holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Dog Sledding Tours at EarthSong Lodge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Homer in April, plan for little chillier nights in Denali National Park and Preserve, with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

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. Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with University of Alaska Museum of the North, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, examine the collection at Aurora Ice Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Hoarfrost Distilling.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in April; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 43°F and lows reach 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 6 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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, fly down the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

Fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fairbanks in April since evenings lows in Anchorage dip to 31°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.