28 days in Washington State & Alaska Itinerary

28 days in Washington State & Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Seattle
— 4 nights
Ferry to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
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Bus to Seattle, Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
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Seattle

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Dedicate the 3rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Space Needle, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle journey maker site.

Barcelona, Spain to Seattle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Seattle is minus 9 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Seattle when traveling from Barcelona in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

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Olympic National Park

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Merriman Falls in Quinault, approximately Quinault away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, explore the activities along Hoh River, trek along Hoh River Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Olympic National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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nights
Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Olympic National Park to Ketchikan in 7 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Olympic National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ketchikan, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, view the masterpieces at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, and get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Juneau by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Valdez

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, then explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valdez trip maker.

You can fly from Juneau to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Seward

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seward day trip website.

Getting from Valdez to Seward by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then examine the collection at Pratt Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer online road trip planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Homer, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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Anchorage

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.
Spend the 26th (Thu) on the rails with a train tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, look for gifts at Cabin Fever, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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

You can drive from Homer to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.