32 days in Alaska Itinerary

32 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Fly to Haines, Ferry to Skagway
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Spokane

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Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Attractions like Pioneer Park and University of Alaska Museum of the North make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Santa Claus House, and identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks road trip website.

Spokane to Fairbanks is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Fairbanks is little chillier than Spokane - with highs of 61°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, make a trip to Nagley's Store, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery.

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Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. May in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Kincaid Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, cruise along Seward Hwy, see the interesting displays at Alaska Jewish Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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You can drive from Talkeetna to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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.
Bring the kids along to Alaska SeaLife Center and Exit Glacier. Take a break from Seward with a short trip to Harding Ice Field Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

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 30th (Mon), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then view the masterpieces at Art Shop Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Homer visit planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Homer, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Family-friendly places like Climbing Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skagway: Haines (Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, American Bald Eagle Foundation, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, view the masterpieces at Alaska Art Colony, take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, and examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Homer to Skagway in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Homer in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Skagway, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Family-friendly places like Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Helicopter Tours will thrill your kids. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Skagway to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Sitka

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, trek along Herring Cove Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, shop like a local with Island Artists Gallery, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sitka travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Ketchikan

— 5 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Creek Street and Misty Fjords National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, and get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. June in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.