33 days in Alaska Itinerary

33 days in Alaska Itinerary

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33 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h
1
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Hoonah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
11
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, nightlife, theme parks, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, shop like a local with Santa Claus House, examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks sightseeing site .

Newark to Fairbanks is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Fairbanks, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

4
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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and stop by Cabin Fever.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage takes 7.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

3
nights
Seward

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 out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seward vacation planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Seward are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 20th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Homer Spit and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoonah.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

1
night
Hoonah

Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hoonah holiday builder .

Fly from Homer to Hoonah in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Hoonah

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center ©
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Hoonah to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In September in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

3
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Change things up with these side-trips from Skagway: Haines (Chilkoot River & American Bald Eagle Foundation). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, stop by Back Alley Rock Shop, and make a trip to Lower Reid Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Juneau itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Skagway to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Juneau are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Sitka

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 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sitka trip planner.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. September in Sitka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, and examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan journey maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. October in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©

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