40 days in Alaska Itinerary

40 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Drive
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Haines
— 4 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 9 nights
Drive
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Valdez
— 4 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Haines — 4 nights

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hammer Museum and American Bald Eagle Foundation. Visiting Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Haines: Skagway (Jewell Gardens & Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, and explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Haines tour planner.

Hibbing to Haines is an approximately 44-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Hibbing to Haines is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Hibbing in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Haines: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 5 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord. Juneau-Douglas City Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, take an in-depth tour of Last Chance Mining Museum, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau journey tool.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 4 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Totem Heritage Center and Dolly's House Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Totem Bight State Historical Park and Creek Street. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, make a trip to Chief Johnson Totem Pole, and take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum.

Discover how to plan a Ketchikan trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. June in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to 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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sitka road trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Sitka, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 9 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.
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Oscar Anderson House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Anchorage side-trips: Palmer (Independence Mine State Historical Park & Musk Ox Farm). Make the 24th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, explore and take pictures at Seward Hwy, and take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage day trip planner.

Fly from Sitka to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Sitka in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.
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Valdez — 4 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Take a break from the city and head to Prince William Sound and The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum and The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. It doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon and explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valdez holiday website.

Drive from Anchorage to Valdez in 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.
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Seward — 4 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 in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center and get advice or help at Seward Community Library & Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seward travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Seward are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride 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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, view the masterpieces at Art Shop Gallery, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and finally stroll through Homer Spit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Homer trip builder site.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Get in touch with nature at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and Chena River State Recreation Area. Appreciate the collections at University of Alaska Museum of the North and Fairbanks Community Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus House, find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks road trip site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Fairbanks in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Homer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fairbanks, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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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