31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Louisville
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Ferry:  15​h
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Skagway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Haines
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
8
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h
9
Palmer
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Louisville

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 2nd (Thu), trek along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, then don't miss a visit to Chief Johnson Totem Pole, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company, then stroll around Potlatch Totem Park, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally enjoy the sea views from Guard Island Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip website .

Louisville to Ketchikan is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Louisville in July, plan for much colder days in Ketchikan, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Potlatch Totem Park ©
Potlatch Totem Park
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

1
night
Sitka

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. On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sitka trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Step off the beaten path and head to Davidson Glacier and Yakutania Point. Get outdoors at Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail and Upper Dewey Lake. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Skagway vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Skagway takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Explore hidden gems such as The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Chilkoot River. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hammer Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, get lost in a book at Haines Borough Public Library, and sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Haines travel site .

You can drive from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mendenhall Glacier and Sawyer Glacier. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mount Roberts Trail. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, stop by Caribou Crossings, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Juneau trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Haines to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sawyer Glacier ©
Sawyer Glacier
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Kachemak Bay State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Bishop's Beach Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, walk around Coal Point Park, shop like a local with Ptarmigan Arts, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Homer travel planning app .

You can fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In July in Homer, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then shop like a local with Aurora Dora, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then get outside with Hurricane Turn, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna holiday builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Homer to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. While traveling from Homer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©
Nagley's Store ©
Nagley's Store

3
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wonder Lake and Horseshoe Lake Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and Savage River Loop Trail. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Denali National Park and Preserve using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

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nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 22nd (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, and then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte, then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palmer travel planner .

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Palmer in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Palmer are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatcher Pass
Highlights from your plan
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass
Bodenburg Butte ©
Bodenburg Butte

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Valdez attractions site .

Getting from Palmer to Valdez by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Valdez are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

6
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Matanuska Glacier and Friends of Eagle River Nature. Escape the urban bustle at Alyeska Ski Area and Byron Glacier Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Cooper Landing) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Whittier). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hood Harbor, admire all the interesting features of Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, make a trip to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, and look for all kinds of wild species at Star the Reindeer.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Anchorage visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Anchorage are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Matanuska Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Kayaking & Canoeing
Matanuska Glacier ©
Matanuska Glacier