41 days in New York City, Portland & Alaska Itinerary

41 days in New York City, Portland & Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City
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New York City
— 8 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 8 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly
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Haines
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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New York City

— 8 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New York City journey builder tool.

Perm, Russia to New York City is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Perm to New York City is minus 10 hours. In September, New York City is warmer than Perm - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Portland

— 8 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Cellar Door Wine Tours (in Lafayette), Adelsheim Vineyard (in Newberg) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, and examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland attractions website.

You can fly from New York City to Portland in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Portland is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, stop by Caribbean Gems, and get advice or help at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan tour builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Portland to Ketchikan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Ketchikan is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in October, with highs in Ketchikan at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Sitka

— 1 night
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 10th (Sun): stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. October in Sitka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Haines

— 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Haines itinerary site.

Fly from Sitka to Haines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sitka in October, with highs in Haines at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip maker app.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Juneau are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Anchorage

— 5 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.
Make the 19th (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Seward Hwy, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, explore the activities along Cook Inlet, and stroll around Kincaid Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Juneau in October, plan for little chillier nights in Anchorage, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and then see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Homer online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Homer takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Museums

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 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.
Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail, hike along Horseshoe Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

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You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Homer in October, with highs in Denali National Park and Preserve at 7°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Fairbanks

— 3 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 Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North, tour the pleasant surroundings at Large Animal Research Station, and admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip itinerary builder tool.

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. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October, expect Fairbanks to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.