31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska route planner
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 3 nights
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
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Sitka
— 3 nights
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Fairbanks — 4 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 Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, make a trip to Antler Arch, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, and examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks road trip planning tool.

Columbus to Fairbanks is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus to Fairbanks, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Columbus in October, with highs in Fairbanks at 37°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Anchorage.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paint a Scarf Alaska and Imaginarium Discovery Center. Go for a jaunt from Anchorage to Whittier to see Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel about 1h 30 min away. Make the 7th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, identify plant and animal life at Friends of Eagle River Nature, and don't miss a visit to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anchorage itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in October, with highs in Anchorage at 45°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.
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Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pratt Museum and Bear Creek Winery. Change things up with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Soldotna (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, walk around Bishop's Beach Park, and pause for some photo ops at Seafarer's Memorial.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Homer attractions planner.

Drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. In October in Homer, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Palmer.
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Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): trek along Bodenburg Butte and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass and then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmer vacation maker tool.

Getting from Homer to Palmer by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Homer in October since evenings lows in Palmer dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and then pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Talkeetna road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Palmer to Talkeetna in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Valdez.
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Valdez — 3 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chugach National Forest and The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier and take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Valdez sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Talkeetna to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Talkeetna in October, Valdez is a bit warmer at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Juneau.
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Juneau — 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sawyer Glacier and Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and appreciate the history behind The Whale Project.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau online travel planner.

You can fly from Valdez to Juneau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Haines.
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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 off the beaten path and head to The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Haines Brewing Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Haines: Skagway (Skagway Alaska Downtown & Mollie Walsh Park). It doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Haines journey maker.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Haines are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sitka.
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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. On the 29th (Fri), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): engage your brain at Sitka Sound Science Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sitka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Sitka takes 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.
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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.
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