39 days in Alaska Itinerary

39 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 6 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 8 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wasilla
— 3 nights
Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to Skagway
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Skagway
— 1 night
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
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Tampa

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Fairbanks

— 6 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and North Star Golf Club. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and Aurora Ice Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks route tool.

Tampa to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Fairbanks is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Tampa in November, things will get colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 13°F and lows about -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 8 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Friends of Eagle River Nature. Get a sense of the local culture at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Spend the 21st (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, hit the slopes at Arctic Valley Ski Area, sample the tasty concoctions at Girdwood Brewing Company, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in November, with highs in Anchorage at 29°F and lows at 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in November, expect Seward to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°F and 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Escape the urban bustle at Homer Spit and Anchor River State Recreation Area. Get some cultural insight at Pratt Museum and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery, get a dose of the wild on J Bear Tours, and admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip planning site.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In November in Homer, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Wasilla.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Wasilla

— 3 nights
Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. Get outdoors at Settlers Bay Golf Course and Independence Mine State Historical Park. Step out of Wasilla to go to Palmer and see Horseback Riding Tours, which is approximately 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Bearpaw River Brewing Company and relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wasilla journey planner.

Drive from Homer to Wasilla in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Homer in November, with highs in Wasilla at 28°F and lows at 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Wasilla

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Skagway

— 1 night
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 2nd (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, and then sample the fine beverages at Skagway Spirits Distillery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Skagway online journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wasilla to Skagway. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Wasilla in December; daily highs in Skagway reach 33°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at American Bald Eagle Foundation and Hammer Museum. Visiting The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Haines attractions website.

Traveling by ferry from Skagway to Haines takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Skagway in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Haines, with lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step out of the city life by going to Alaska Powder Descents and Eaglecrest Ski Area. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Inside Passage, and sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Juneau trip website.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sitka visit planner.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Juneau in December, expect Sitka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Ketchikan

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Totem Bight State Historical Park and Totem Heritage Center. Get outdoors at Misty Fjords National Monument and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: stroll through Rotary Beach, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Alaska travel guide

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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.