39 days in Alaska Itinerary

39 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska itinerary planner
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Fly
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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
5
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 Juneau
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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
Drive
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Fairbanks — 5 nights

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 University of Alaska Museum of the North. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Aurora Ice Museum. 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: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, and identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks day trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Fairbanks is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. In January, Fairbanks is cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of -17°C and lows of -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.
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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, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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.
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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. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center, explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte, relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palmer road trip tool.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Talkeetna in January, Palmer is a bit warmer at night with lows of -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Homer.
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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 J Bear Tours and Kachemak Bay State Park. Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Pratt Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and grab your bike and head to Homer Spit.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer trip site.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Homer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Palmer in January, things will get a bit warmer in Homer: highs are around 2°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Soldotna.
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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 drive to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 6 nights

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 Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Native Heritage Center. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Earthquake Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

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 fly to Skagway.
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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.
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Haines — 3 nights

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. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines driving holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Haines sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 5 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area, look for gifts at Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post, steep yourself in history at Alaska Governor’s Mansion, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau attractions planning 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) so you can travel to Sitka.
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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 Russian Orthodox 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.
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Wrangell — 2 nights

The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 6th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with 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 drive to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 3 nights

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 Dolly's House Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Scanlon Gallery and Tongass Historical Museum. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, pause for some photo ops at Chief Kyan Totem Pole, appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, and stop by The Rain Barrel.

You can plan Ketchikan trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Wrangell to Ketchikan by car takes about 7.5 hours. 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.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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