40 days in Alaska Itinerary

40 days in Alaska Itinerary

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40 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Fairbanks
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Haines
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
6
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Homer
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
10
Seward
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Athens

5
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Let the collections at University of Alaska Museum of the North and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum capture your imagination. When in Fairbanks, make a side trip to see Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 22nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, see the interesting displays at Tanana Valley Model Railroad Display, browse the fresh offerings at Tanana Valley Farmers Market, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fairbanks attractions planner.

Athens, Greece to Fairbanks is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Fairbanks is minus 11 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in October; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Claus House, Chena Hot Springs Resort
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4
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
Spend the 24th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, explore the activities along Wonder Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, and shop like a local with Wild about Denali.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in October, you will find days in Denali National Park and Preserve are a bit warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

#Parks, #Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Denali Highway
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Denali ©
Denali
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bartlett Cove.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
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 American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum and Hammer Museum. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore the activities along Chilkat River, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Haines tour itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Haines are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Haines

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Davidson Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Sitka

Sitka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sitka trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Haines to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Appreciate the collections at Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip builder website .

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Plan trip to Juneau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Ketchikan in November, expect Juneau to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Juneau-Douglas City Museum ©
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Pratt Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, then get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Homer trip simple and quick.

Getting from Juneau to Homer by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Homer

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center ©
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez tour planner.

You can fly from Homer to Valdez in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Homer in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Valdez, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

4
nights
Seward

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.
Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. On the 17th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 appreciate Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Make the 24th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, stop by Grizzly's Gifts, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seward in November; daily highs in Anchorage reach -1°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Alaska
Highlights from your plan
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

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