42 days in Alaska Itinerary

42 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cordova
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 6 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
Fly

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Ketchikan — 2 nights

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Misty Fjords National Monument, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, make a trip to Fish Creek Company, and walk around Saxman Native Village.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip planning website.

San Francisco to Ketchikan is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Ketchikan. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 42°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 21st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sitka sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Skagway.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 23rd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then sample the fine beverages at Skagway Spirits Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum, then have fun and explore at Junior Ranger Activity Center, and then pause for some photo ops at Skagway Centenial Statue.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway tour builder tool.

Getting from Sitka to Skagway by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sitka in January: high temperatures in Skagway hover around 36°F and lows are around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Haines.
Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Haines — 2 nights

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tee off at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and finally examine the collection at Hammer Museum. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River and then make a trip to Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Haines route builder.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In January in Haines, expect temperatures between 33°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.
Golf · Parks · Nature · Museums

Juneau — 5 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Alaska Powder Descents.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Juneau vacation builder site.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. January in Juneau sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cordova.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Cordova — 2 nights

Cordova, is a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the views from Miles Glacier Bridge and then head outdoors with Child’s Glacier Tours by The Riverside Inn. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Points North Heli-Adventures, take an in-depth tour of Cordova History Museum, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cordova trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Juneau to Cordova in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seward.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip

Seward — 3 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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and get engrossed in the history at Chugach Heritage Center.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seward attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cordova to Seward. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Homer.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Go for a jaunt from Homer to Soldotna to see Kenai River Brewing Company about 1h 30 min away. Fill the 9th (Wed) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and stroll through Anchor River State Recreation Area.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Homer road trip tool.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Homer are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Palmer.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass and then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Palmer travel route planner.

You can fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Homer in February, expect Palmer to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°F and 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Talkeetna.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then learn something new at Aurora Dora, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna online holiday planner.

Getting from Palmer to Talkeetna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Palmer in February, Talkeetna is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Mc Kinley Park Rd. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali and then take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Fairbanks.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Fairbanks — 6 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, shop like a local with Santa Claus House, find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks travel route planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in February, expect Fairbanks to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°F and -9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

Anchorage — 7 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.
Spend the 24th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, glide through natural beauty at Hillside Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

Before you visit Anchorage, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in February, expect nights in Anchorage to be warmer, around 15°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.