36 days in Alaska Itinerary

36 days in Alaska Itinerary

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36 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + ferry:  16​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Hoonah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Fairbanks
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
8
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Seward
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
11
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ketchikan online trip maker .

London, UK to Ketchikan is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from London to Ketchikan. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Ketchikan to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Juneau holiday planner .

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Skagway: Haines (Chilkoot River, Off-Road Tours, & more). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, and take an in-depth tour of Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Juneau to Skagway by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hoonah.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

1
night
Hoonah

Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoonah day trip planning website .

Getting from Skagway to Hoonah by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In August in Hoonah, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Hoonah

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center ©
Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hoonah to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In August in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

3
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks with the Route module. In August in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chena Hot Springs Resort
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

4
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
When in Denali National Park and Preserve, make a side trip to see Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, take a memorable tour with Tours, relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and stop by Cabin Fever.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage by combination of train and car takes about 7.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

4
nights
Seward

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 (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seward trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. August in Seward sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Homer Spit and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Homer driving holiday app .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

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