37 days in Alaska Itinerary

37 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska attractions planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
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Ketchikan

— 3 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, contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Ketchikan is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, you will find days in Ketchikan are cooler (60°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, and then get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get great views at Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip builder app.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Haines

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Mon), examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then explore the activities along Chilkoot River. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then get engrossed in the history at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Haines trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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: explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Trail of '98 Museum, and see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

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

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Skagway are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

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.
When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier, approximately Whittier away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, stroll through Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage travel planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 23rd (Thu) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, hike along Diamond Creek Trail, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Homer online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. September in Homer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Seward

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Seward day trip planning website.

You can drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Valdez trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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 1st (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring at Wonder Lake. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Valdez to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

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). Spend the 7th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North, stroll through Large Animal Research Station, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In October, Fairbanks is a bit cooler than Denali National Park and Preserve - with highs of 37°F and lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.