31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive to Wasilla, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kennicott
— 1 night
Drive
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cooper Landing
— 2 nights
Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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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.
Make the 3rd (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, engage your brain at Imaginarium Discovery Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, and stop by Cabin Fever.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Anchorage travel route planning app.

London, UK to Anchorage is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Anchorage is minus 9 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit cooler in Anchorage: highs are around 8°C and lows about 0°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Denali Raft Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Spend the 8th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, identify plant and animal life at Denali Photo Guides, look for gifts at Wild about Denali, and whizz through the canopy at Denali Park Zipline.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, trek along Angel Rocks Trail, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip planner.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, with highs in Fairbanks at 3°C and lows at -5°C. You will leave for McCarthy on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

McCarthy

— 3 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Wild Alpine - Day Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the McCarthy day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fairbanks to McCarthy takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in October, with highs in McCarthy at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Kennicott.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature

Kennicott

— 1 night
Kennecott, also known as Kennicott and Kennecott Mines, is an abandoned mining camp in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska that was the center of activity for several copper mines. To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kennicott travel planner.

Kennicott is just a short distance from McCarthy. In October in Kennicott, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Kennicott

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take a memorable tour with VSHelicopters Tours, then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Valdez trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kennicott to Valdez in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kennicott in October since evenings lows in Valdez dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Seward

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seward online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Valdez to Seward takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Seward, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Your day by day itinerary now includes Manns Charter Service as well as Alaska Bear Adventures. Fill the 26th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Homer Spit, take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, shop like a local with Art Shop Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Homer holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Homer sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cooper Landing.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Cooper Landing

— 2 nights
Cooper Landing is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States, about 100mi south of Anchorage, at the confluence of Kenai Lake and Kenai River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): trot along with Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures, admire the sheer force of Russian River Falls, and then get outside with Alaska Salmon Chaser.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cooper Landing online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Homer to Cooper Landing takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Cooper Landing sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cooper Landing

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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.