31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
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Whittier
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Soldotna
— 1 night
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmer
— 1 night
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
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Sitka — 1 night

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 1st (Fri), get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, see Off-Road Tours, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip itinerary builder website.

Columbus to Sitka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Columbus to Sitka. Traveling from Columbus in October, you will find days in Sitka are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ketchikan — 2 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for gifts at The Rain Barrel, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Misty Fjords National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then stroll around Saxman Native Village, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip maker.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Juneau — 3 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sawyer Glacier and Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Juneau journey planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Ketchikan in October, Juneau is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Haines.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Haines — 2 nights

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Haines visit planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Skagway.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Yakutania Point, then trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, then contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, and finally have fun and explore at Junior Ranger Activity Center. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin, and finally look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway itinerary tool.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Skagway are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Anchorage — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cook Inlet and Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram. Spend the 15th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: get curious at Imaginarium Discovery Center, trek along Byron Glacier Trail, grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and stroll through Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Skagway in October, expect Anchorage to be slightly colder, temps between 45°F and 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Whittier.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Whittier — 1 night

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, and then examine the collection at Prince William Sound Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Whittier trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Whittier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Whittier sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seward.
Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Seward — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Harding Ice Field Trail and Seward Waterfront Park Playground. Step out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seward trip builder website.

You can drive from Whittier to Seward in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Homer.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 20th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery, and finally appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Homer trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Soldotna.
Museums · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Soldotna — 1 night

Soldotna is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. State of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Kenai River Brewing Company.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Soldotna route builder tool.

You can drive from Homer to Soldotna in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Homer in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Soldotna, with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Talkeetna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Soldotna to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palmer.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Palmer — 1 night

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Palmer visit planner.

Drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Valdez — 2 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll through The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, then explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Valdez attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Valdez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valdez when traveling from Palmer in October, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Fairbanks.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Fairbanks — 5 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Angel Rocks Trail and Hoarfrost Distilling. Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Valdez to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, Fairbanks is a bit cooler than Valdez - with highs of 37°F and lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Alaska travel guide

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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.