33 days in Alaska Itinerary

33 days in Alaska Itinerary

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33 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
3
Talkeetna
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
5
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
9
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
10
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
11
Homer
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Crow Creek Mine. Step out of the city life by going to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, view the masterpieces at The Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts, stop by Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, and trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -19 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Anchorage are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Whittier
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Worthington Glacier and Columbia Glacier. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and Chugach National Forest. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake, and get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip builder website .

Getting from Anchorage to Valdez by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. July in Valdez sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest

1
night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Talkeetna trip itinerary website .

Getting from Valdez to Talkeetna by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Talkeetna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Fishing Charters & Tours
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Husky Homestead and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Savage River Loop Trail and Wild about Denali. When in Denali National Park and Preserve, make a side trip to see Denali State Park in Trapper Creek, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 8th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Kantishna Wilderness Trails. There's more to do: trek along Horseshoe Lake Trail and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Denali State Park
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali State Park ©
Denali State Park
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail

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Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Get in touch with nature at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Chilkoot River, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Haines attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to Haines. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in July, expect nights in Haines to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

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

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Get in touch with nature at Davidson Glacier and Yakutania Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Sreet and Broadway Street and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point

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nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Sawyer Glacier, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Juneau road trip site .

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sawyer Glacier ©
Sawyer Glacier

3
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get some historical perspective at Totem Heritage Center and Creek Street. Discover out-of-the-way places like Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and Ketchikan Rainbird Trail. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church, then view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Sitka sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and explore the striking landscape at Bear Glacier.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sitka to Seward in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ©
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Homer trip maker tool .

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum