29 days in Alaska Itinerary

29 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel route planner

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Drive
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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
— 5 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Snorkel Alaska and Misty Fjords National Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ketchikan Rainbird Trail and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. There's still lots to do: get outside with Ketchikan Helicopters, stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Gallup to Ketchikan is an approximately 44.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Gallup to Ketchikan is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Gallup in May, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · 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 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Sitka online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Sitka are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Roberts Trail and Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Perseverance National Recreation Trail will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog, get a taste of the local shopping with St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Juneau driving holiday planning site.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Juneau sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Juneau in May, with highs in Valdez at 49°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, and then appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Talkeetna road trip planner.

Getting from Valdez to Talkeetna by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. While traveling from Valdez, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Savage River Loop Trail and Wild about Denali. Visiting Denali and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail will get you outdoors. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve route tool.

Take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Anchorage

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then take a tour by water with Portage Glacier Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Chugach State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Take a break from the city and head to Davidson Glacier and Skagway Float Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Street and Broadway Street and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Klondike Brewing Company.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Anchorage to Skagway by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Skagway, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Haines

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and head outdoors with 1st Choice Charters.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Haines road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Haines are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.