40 days in Alaska Itinerary

40 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska attractions planner
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
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Seward
— 5 nights
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Whittier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 5 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 5 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 8 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Westchester Lagoon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, explore the activities along Lake Hood Harbor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Woronzof, and admire the natural beauty at Alaska Botanical Garden.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage travel route planner.

Detroit to Anchorage is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Detroit to Anchorage. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in June: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Seward.
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Seward — 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seward Community Library & Museum and Resurrection Lutheran Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Harding Ice Field Trail and Russian River Falls. Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Clam Gulch, Fox Island, &more) and Vagt Lake Trail (in Moose Pass). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marathon, and hike along Tonsina Creek Trail.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Seward holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Seward hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Whittier.
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Whittier — 3 nights

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Visiting College Fiord and Portage Pass Trail will get you outdoors. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Prince William Sound Museum and take in the pleasant sights at Horsetail Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Whittier tour app.

Drive from Seward to Whittier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Whittier sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Homer.
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Homer — 5 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Step out of the city life by going to Homer Spit and Photography Tours. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, hike along Diamond Creek Trail, get outside with Daniel's Personalized Guide Service, and see what you can catch with Brooks Alaskan Adventures.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Homer road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Whittier to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Homer are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 5 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Let the collections at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum and Colony House Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Talkeetna: Palmer (Independence Mine State Historical Park & Lazy Mountain) and Wasilla (Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry, Iditarod Headquarters, &more). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, admire the majestic nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, and don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip planner.

You can drive from Homer to Talkeetna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Homer in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Savage River Loop Trail and Savage Alpine Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Denali and Wonder Lake. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 8 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alaskan Pipeline and Immaculate Conception Parish. Change things up with these side-trips from Fairbanks: Nenana (Alaska State Railroad Museum & Alfred Starr Cultural Center & Museum), Chena Lake Recreation Area (in North Pole) and Delta Junction (Alaska Highway & Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum). And it doesn't end there: hike along Angel Rocks Trail, take a stroll through Downtown Area, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, and go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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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