31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, AK - Egan Center, Bus to Homer
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Homer
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Philadelphia

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Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In May, Fairbanks is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 61°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

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.
On the 4th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, take in the awesome beauty at Denali, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Homer

— 1 night
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then stroll through Homer Spit, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, shop like a local with Art Shop Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Homer takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in May, expect nights in Homer to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Seward

— 3 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.
Take a break from Seward with a short trip to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, and get engrossed in the history at Chugach Heritage Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seward trip builder app.

You can drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 5 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: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, steep yourself in history at Oscar Anderson House Museum, gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Anchorage route maker.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway trip builder tool.

Fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 19th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Haines

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Haines road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: get advice or help at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and view the masterpieces at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Juneau trip builder tool.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, and finally get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Sitka, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Ketchikan

— 4 nights

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, and steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.