36 days in Alaska Itinerary

36 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage
— 6 nights
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Palmer
— 2 nights
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Whittier
— 1 night
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Seward
— 3 nights
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Homer
— 4 nights
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Juneau
— 5 nights
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
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Sitka
— 4 nights
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights

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Anchorage

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.
Make the 15th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the activities along Cook Inlet, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Anchorage trip maker.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Anchorage is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Anchorage. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

2
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Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 20th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, surround yourself with nature on Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bearpaw River Brewing Company.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palmer road trip planning site.

Getting from Anchorage to Palmer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Independence Mine State Historical Park ©
Independence Mine State Historical Park
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

1
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Whittier

Whittier ©
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Prince William Sound Museum and then tour the old-fashioned way with Phillips Cruises and Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Whittier trip planner.

You can drive from Palmer to Whittier in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Whittier can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Whittier

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prince William Sound Museum ©
Prince William Sound Museum

3
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Seward

Seward ©

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). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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

Getting from Whittier to Seward by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Seward, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center ©
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Alaska SeaLife Center ©
Alaska SeaLife Center

4
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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Change things up with a short trip to Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna (about 1h 30 min away). Fill the 27th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, and kick back and relax at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Homer sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Homer are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center ©
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Juneau road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Juneau in 8 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure ©
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, cast your line with a fishing tour, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Juneau in November, expect Ketchikan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Saxman Native Village ©
Saxman Native Village
Fishing Charters & Tours
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

4
nights
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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, trek along Herring Cove Trail, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sitka trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Fortress of the Bear ©
Fortress of the Bear

5
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Fairbanks

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Go for a jaunt from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs to see Chena Hot Springs Resort about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 12th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Fairbanks in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, Fairbanks is cooler than Sitka - with highs of -12°C and lows of -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
University of Alaska Museum of the North ©
University of Alaska Museum of the North

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