33 days in Alaska Itinerary

33 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

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Fly to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Drive to Kenai Fjords National Park
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Kenai Fjords National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train to Anchorage, Bus to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
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Kenai Fjords National Park

— 2 nights

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Clam Gulch and Six Mile Creek. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pederson Glacier and Fox Island. There's more to do: stroll through Exit Glacier and trek along Harding Ice Field Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenai Fjords National Park itinerary app.

San Francisco to Kenai Fjords National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Kenai Fjords National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Kenai Fjords National Park hover around 35°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church and Transfiguration of Our Lord Church will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like J Bear Tours and Kenai Beach. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Soldotna Historical Society in Soldotna, about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and kick back and relax at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Homer itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kenai Fjords National Park to Homer. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 8th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then sample the tasty concoctions at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, and finally take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Talkeetna Lakes Park, get a taste of the local shopping with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then learn something new at Aurora Dora, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Homer to Talkeetna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Homer in January, expect Talkeetna to be little chillier, temps between 26°F and 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dog Sledding Tours at EarthSong Lodge and Wild about Denali. Take a break from the city and head to Husky Homestead and Denali Fly Fishing Guides. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 10°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Valdez

— 2 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 Valdez Saltwater Adventures. Get a sense of the local culture at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum and The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, explore and take pictures at Dock Point Park & Trail, and explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip maker.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Valdez takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in January; daily highs in Valdez reach 32°F and lows reach 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alyeska Ski Area and Girdwood Brewing Company. There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage tour planner.

Getting from Valdez to Anchorage by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valdez in January: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 26°F and lows are around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Pitchfork Falls. State Street and Broadway Street and Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum, have fun and explore at Junior Ranger Activity Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery, and pause for some photo ops at Skagway Centenial Statue.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway driving holiday planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Skagway by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in January, expect Skagway to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°F and 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Get a sense of the local culture at American Bald Eagle Foundation and Hammer Museum. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, see the interesting displays at Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Haines visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Skagway to Haines takes 1.5 hours. January in Haines sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Eaglecrest Ski Area and Steep Creek. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Alaska Powder Descents, work off some steam at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Treadwell Historic Mine Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Juneau trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Haines to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In January in Juneau, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sheldon Jackson Museum and Sitka Centennial Visitors Center. Escape the urban bustle at A Whale's Song Expeditions and Starrigavan Recreation Area. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and hike along Herring Cove Trail.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sitka road trip planning app.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in January: high temperatures in Sitka hover around 44°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Totem Heritage Center and Guard Island Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Ketchikan Helicopters and Dolly's House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Rotary Beach, steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, take in the exciting artwork at Scanlon Gallery, and look for gifts at The Rain Barrel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.