30 days in Alaska Itinerary

30 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to George Best Belfast City Airport

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Ketchikan

— 2 nights

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 21st (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): stroll around Potlatch Totem Park, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, stop by Caribou Creek Company, then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Guard Island Lighthouse.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan road trip website.

Belfast, UK to Ketchikan is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Belfast to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

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. On the 23rd (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, hike along Heart Lake Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, and finally hike along Herring Cove Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sitka road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Moore Cabin and Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1 will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Yakutania Point and Upper Dewey Lake. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Trail of '98 Museum, examine the collection at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pullen Creek Stream Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Sitka to Skagway in 21 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. July in Skagway sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Chilkat River. Hammer Museum and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get lost in a book at Haines Borough Public Library, admire the majestic nature at Chilkat State Park, hike along Battery Point Trail, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company.

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Getting from Skagway to Haines by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. July in Haines sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Treadwell Historic Mine Trail. Visiting Photography Tours and Gold Creek Flume Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog, explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, and sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Juneau takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails · Parks

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bishop's Beach Park and Ptarmigan Arts. Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and Anchor River State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Transfiguration of Our Lord Church in Ninilchik, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, delve into the lush surroundings at Carl E. Wynn Nature Center, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and get lost in a book at Homer Public Library.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Homer journey website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Juneau to Homer in 8 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Crow Creek Mine and Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram. Do some cultural sightseeing at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts and Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop. Make the 10th (Wed) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Botanical Garden, hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Willawaw Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Anchorage online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Homer to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Valdez

— 3 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Get outdoors at Columbia Glacier and Keystone Canyon. Get a sense of the local culture at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake, and go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valdez trip site.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Valdez takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Anchorage, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valdez, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 14th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Colony House Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Lazy Mountain, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pioneer Falls, then hike along Wasilla Creek Wetlands Trail, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Government Peak Recreation Area and then examine the collection at Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palmer online attractions planner.

You can drive from Valdez to Palmer in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, and then appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then expand your horizons at Aurora Dora, then admire the majestic nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Susitna Salmon Center.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Talkeetna road trip planner.

You can drive from Palmer to Talkeetna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · 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.