33 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
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Skagway
— 4 nights
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Juneau
— 4 nights
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Valdez
— 1 night
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Homer
— 4 nights
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 2 nights
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Seward
— 6 nights
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Ketchikan — 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tongass National Forest and Potlatch Totem Park. Shop till you drop at Tongass Trading Company and Crazy Wolf Studio. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, kick back and relax at Rotary Beach, view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company, and see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan tour itinerary planning site.

Kumasi, Ghana to Ketchikan is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Kumasi to Ketchikan, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kumasi in September, expect Ketchikan to be colder, temps between 18°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sitka.
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Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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. Explore hidden gems such as Sheldon Jackson Museum and St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, take a tour by water with Classic Casting Adventures, and shop like a local with Island Artists Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sitka driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.
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Skagway — 4 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Head to Skagway Alaska Downtown and Alaska Artworksfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Skagway: Haines (Hammer Museum, Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, and make a trip to Lower Reid Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Skagway attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Skagway takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Skagway, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Juneau.
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Juneau — 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and Alaska Knifeworks. Do your shopping at Jewels by Kris and Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Eagle Beach, stop by Caribou Crossings, hike along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Juneau driving holiday tool.

Fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Juneau, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Valdez.
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Valdez — 1 night

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier and then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, get engrossed in the history at Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier.

Discover how to plan a Valdez trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Juneau to Valdez by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. October in Valdez sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Homer.
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Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Explore hidden gems such as Bear Creek Winery and Pratt Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Anchor River State Recreation Area and Homer Spit. Go for a jaunt from Homer to Ninilchik to see Fishing Charters & Tours about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, and explore the world behind art at Norman Lowell Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Homer attractions website.

Fly from Valdez to Homer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 20th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Aurora Dora, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Wal Mikes, pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, then explore the activities along Byers Lake, then let your taste buds guide you at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Talkeetna tour itinerary site.

Drive from Homer to Talkeetna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Homer in October, with highs in Talkeetna at 7°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Palmer.
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Side Trip

Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Eklutna Village Historic Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eklutna, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bearpaw River Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Palmer journey builder website.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.
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Side Trips

Seward — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Harding Ice Field Trail and Holgate Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Whittier (Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, Whittier Harbor, &more) and Cooper Landing (Fishing Charters & Tours & Russian River Falls). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, look for gifts at Irbi Knives, take a leisurely stroll along Miller's Landing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonsina Creek Trail.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Palmer to Seward takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palmer in October, Seward is a bit warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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