34 days in Alaska Itinerary

34 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pratt Museum and Kachemak Bay State Park. Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Norman Lowell Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Bishop's Beach Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer trip maker app.

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. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, things will get much colder in Homer: highs are around 64°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Palmer.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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 19th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte and then get outside with Knik Glacier Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park and then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palmer route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Homer to Palmer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Palmer sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Valdez

— 3 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kids will appreciate attractions like Worthington Glacier and Keystone Canyon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Spend the 21st (Thu) in the pleasant surroundings of The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Valdez trip planning app.

You can fly from Palmer to Valdez in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod. Go for a jaunt from Talkeetna to Trapper Creek to see Denali State Park about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: get outside with Hurricane Turn, contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. In July in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Friends of Eagle River Nature and Lake Hood Harbor. Explore hidden gems such as Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and Lake Eklutna. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crow Creek Mine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip 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 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Davidson Glacier and Lower Reid Falls. Get some cultural insight at State Street and Broadway Street and BearHead Photography Gallery. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin, look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Skagway online travel planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Bald Eagle Foundation and Hammer Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Chilkoot River, see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines online tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Haines are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Eagle Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Best Damn Charters. Step out of Juneau to go to Gustavus and see Cross Sound Express Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Juneau sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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 12th (Fri), stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company, explore the galleries 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 stroll through Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip planner.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.