34 days in Alaska Itinerary

34 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska sightseeing planner
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Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 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
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Philadelphia

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Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Pratt Museum and Norman Lowell Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Ptarmigan Arts. Fill the 13th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at J Bear Tours, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, and admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Homer vacation planner.

Philadelphia to Homer is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Homer is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Homer, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Palmer.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte and then surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park and then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmer trip maker.

You can fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Valdez.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Valdez — 3 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Get a sense of the local culture at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Keystone Canyon and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Spend the 17th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valdez road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Valdez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Valdez sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Talkeetna — 3 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aurora Dora and Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod. Change things up with a short trip to Denali State Park in Trapper Creek (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake.

Plan trip to Talkeetna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. June in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Anchorage.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

Anchorage — 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and Imaginarium Discovery Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Friends of Eagle River Nature and Lake Eklutna. Change things up with these side-trips from Anchorage: Whittier (Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's still lots to do: stroll through Alaska Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Lake Hood Harbor, go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine, and take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage journey website.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Skagway — 4 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Rush Cemetery and BearHead Photography Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point Wilderness Safari and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin, look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Skagway trip planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Skagway are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Haines — 3 nights

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and Hammer Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Chilkoot River. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Haines travel route planning site.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. July in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Juneau — 4 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Roberts Trail and Best Damn Charters. Go for a jaunt from Juneau to Gustavus to see Cross Sound Express Whale Watching about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau holiday website.

Fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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. On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sitka road trip planning site.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, and finally trek along Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Snorkel Alaska, and then hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

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.