31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Fly
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
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Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Explore hidden gems such as Angel Rocks Trail and Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Fairbanks itinerary planner.

Columbus to Fairbanks is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Columbus to Fairbanks. Traveling from Columbus in October, things will get colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 37°F and lows about 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and then look for gifts at Aurora Dora.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna online holiday planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Talkeetna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in October, you will find days in Talkeetna are somewhat warmer (44°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pratt Museum and Ptarmigan Arts. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Soldotna, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, gain insight at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer road trip website.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Homer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Talkeetna in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Homer. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Harding Ice Field Trail and Seward Community Library & Museum. Go for a jaunt from Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park to see Exit Glacier about 32 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) 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 and contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seward road trip planning site.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 6 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 Cook Inlet and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anchorage: Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (in Whittier) and Independence Mine State Historical Park (in Palmer). Spend the 19th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Imaginarium Discovery Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, and take in the dramatic scenery at Thunderbird Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Anchorage vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seward in October, expect little chillier with lows of 32°F in Anchorage. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Haines.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center. On the next day, play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Haines trip planning site.

Fly from Anchorage to Haines in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°F in Haines. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Explore hidden gems such as Sawyer Glacier and Food Tours. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then get your bearings at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, and finally trek along Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then stroll around Saxman Native Village.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Sitka

— 3 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 29th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sitka itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.