36 days in Alaska Itinerary

36 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska itinerary planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gustavus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly

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Ketchikan

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, stroll around Saxman Native Village, and learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

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New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from New York City to Ketchikan, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in Ketchikan to be little chillier, around 54°F, while days are colder, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, don't miss a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Gustavus.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Gustavus

— 2 nights
Gustavus is a second-class city in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Icy Strait Brewing. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagoon Berry Trail and then see Icy Strait Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gustavus road trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Juneau to Gustavus with the Route module. In August in Gustavus, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Gustavus

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Beyond Skagway Tours - Private Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery, view the masterpieces at Alaska Art Colony, and see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Skagway online travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gustavus to Skagway. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 4 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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Anchorage day trip planning site.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Seward

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). On the 14th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seward trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 18th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Homer vacation app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Homer are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, gain interesting insight with Gold Dredge 8, and see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Community Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Homer to Fairbanks by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 4 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.
Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, take a pleasant ride with Denali Horseback Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Wild about Denali.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

McCarthy

— 2 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and then shake up your sightseeing with Kennicott Wilderness Guides. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Root Glacier Trail.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read McCarthy road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to McCarthy. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in August, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in McCarthy. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in McCarthy

Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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 30th (Sun), head outdoors with S.E. Alaska Outdoor Adventures, then stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Sitka. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from McCarthy in August since evenings lows in Sitka dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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.