39 days in Alaska Itinerary

39 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska itinerary planner

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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Soldotna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
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Wrangell
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum and Aurora Ice Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Antler Arch. Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, see the interesting displays at Fairbanks Ice Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hoarfrost Distilling, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Fairbanks is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 6 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Fairbanks reach -17°C and lows reach -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 10th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, and finally get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, don't miss a visit to Cubby's Marketplace, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, then walk around Talkeetna Lakes Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Susitna Salmon Center.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fairbanks to Talkeetna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in January, with highs in Talkeetna at -3°C and lows at -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 12th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then see the interesting displays at Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry, and finally see the interesting displays at Iditarod Headquarters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center, explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte, then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Palmer online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Palmer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Talkeetna in January since evenings lows in Palmer dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pratt Museum and Kachemak Bay State Park. Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Art Shop Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on J Bear Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anchor River State Recreation Area, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner.

Fly from Palmer to Homer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Palmer in January; daily highs in Homer reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Soldotna.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Soldotna

— 2 nights
Soldotna is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. State of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church, identify plant and animal life at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, then take an in-depth tour of Soldotna Historical Society, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kenai Beach, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kenai River Brewing Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Soldotna day trip planning site.

Drive from Homer to Soldotna in 1.5 hours. In January, Soldotna is a bit cooler than Homer - with highs of -3°C and lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Soldotna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Alaska Museum of Science & Nature and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Oscar Anderson House Museum. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, engage your brain at Imaginarium Discovery Center, make a trip to Paint a Scarf Alaska, and meet the residents at Alaska Zoo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip maker app.

Drive from Soldotna to Anchorage in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 25th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Mascot Saloon, shop like a local with Alaska Art Colony, then see the interesting displays at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Skagway Centenial Statue, explore the engaging exhibits at Junior Ranger Activity Center, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the activities along Pullen Creek Stream Walk, then don't miss a visit to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, and finally stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Skagway trip planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Skagway by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in January; daily highs in Skagway reach 2°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Haines

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and American Bald Eagle Foundation. Hammer Museum and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, stop by Alaska Rod's, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Haines itinerary builder website.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In January in Haines, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Juneau-Douglas City Museum and The Whale Project. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area, stop by Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post, trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Roberts Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Juneau trip site.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. January in Juneau sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 4th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take an in-depth tour of Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sitka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in February: high temperatures in Sitka hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wrangell.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Wrangell

— 2 nights
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 6th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Alaska Vistas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, and finally trek along Mt Dewey Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Wrangell Museum, then explore the activities along Stikine River, then kick back and relax at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site, and finally head off the coast to Shakes Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wrangell trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sitka to Wrangell. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Wrangell

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get a sense of the local culture at Totem Heritage Center and The Rain Barrel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Dolly's House Museum and Scanlon Gallery. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, don't miss a visit to Fish Creek Company, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, and appreciate the history behind Chief Kyan Totem Pole.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Wrangell to Ketchikan. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.