36 days in Alaska Itinerary

36 days in Alaska Itinerary

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36 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  17​h
1
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
6
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
7
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Homer
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
9
Seward
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sofia

4
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
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. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, get interesting insight from Tours, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and see the interesting displays at Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks online journey planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Fairbanks is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Sofia in September, you will find days in Fairbanks are much colder (13°C), and nights are little chillier (2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
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.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve vacation planner .

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Mc Kinley Park Rd ©
Mc Kinley Park Rd

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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

4
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skagway: Haines (American Bald Eagle Foundation, Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, & more). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and sample the tasty concoctions at Klondike Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway. October in Skagway sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Juneau trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In October in Juneau, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and explore and take pictures at Saxman Native Village.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel route builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

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 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, and then trek along Harbor Mountain Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sitka trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Sitka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Homer is known for museums, trails, wildlife, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Homer trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Homer takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Sitka in October, Homer is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seward trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Seward sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Spend the 30th (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Traveling from Seward in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Anchorage. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

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

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