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
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Homer
— 5 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 5 nights
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Seward Hwy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Turnagain Arm, walk around Westchester Lagoon, explore the activities along Lake Hood Harbor, and contemplate the long history of Indian Valley Mine & Gifts.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage tour itinerary maker site.

Detroit to Anchorage is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler 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.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Seward

— 5 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.
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 Mt. Marathon. Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Russian River Falls (in Cooper Landing), Vagt Lake Trail (in Moose Pass) and Kenai Fjords National Park (Clam Gulch, Fox Island, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bear Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Lowell Creek Waterfall, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in July, expect nights in Seward to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 Portage Pass Trail. Visiting College Fiord and Horsetail Falls Trail will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Prince William Sound Museum and don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Whittier trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Seward to Whittier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Homer.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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 Pratt Museum and Anchor River State Recreation Area. Step out of the city life by going to Homer Spit and Diamond Creek Trail. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Brooks Alaskan Adventures - Private Day Charters, take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial.

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 do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. 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.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 5 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road 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). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, admire the majestic nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Susitna Salmon Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna driving holiday 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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 Off-Road Tours. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring at Wonder Lake. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, experience rural life at Dog Gone It, and shop like a local with Wild about Denali.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve online trip planner.

You can take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. July in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Fairbanks

— 8 nights

The Golden Heart City

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 Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alaskan Pipeline and Immaculate Conception Parish. Change things up with these side-trips from Fairbanks: Delta Junction (Alaska Highway & Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum) and Nenana (Alaska State Railroad Museum & Alfred Starr Cultural Center & Museum). There's still lots to do: trek along Angel Rocks Trail, wander the streets of Downtown Area, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, and see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip builder website.

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 July, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.