43 days in Alaska & Arches National Park Itinerary

43 days in Alaska & Arches National Park Itinerary

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43 days in Alaska & Arches National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Hoonah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
11
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + Drive:  11​h
12
Arches National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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.
On the 21st (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seward vacation builder .

New York City to Seward is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Seward. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Seward to be slightly colder, temps between 55°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

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

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Fill the 24th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, cast your line with a fishing tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, and explore the activities along Anchor River.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Homer tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Homer are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchor River
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

5
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and meet the residents at Alaska Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Alaska
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

3
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 2nd (Tue) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, hike along Mount Margaret Summit, and shop like a local with Wild about Denali.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denali ©
Denali
River Rafting & Tubing
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

4
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks to go to Chena Hot Springs and see Chena Hot Springs Resort, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, take in the pleasant sights at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, explore and take pictures at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Alaskan Pipeline, Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Fairbanks to Juneau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Fairbanks in June, plan for slightly colder days in Juneau, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoonah.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Hoonah

Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Icy Strait Brewing, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally make a trip to Huna Tribal House.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoonah trip planner .

Getting from Juneau to Hoonah by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hoonah can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Hoonah

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Icy Strait Brewing ©
Icy Strait Brewing

2
nights
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 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bartlett Cove.

Plan my trip to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hoonah to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In June, daytime highs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

3
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skagway: Haines (Hammer Museum & Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, get advice or help at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Skagway tour itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sitka.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens

3
nights
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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Sitka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Skagway in June: highs in Sitka hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, get interesting insight from Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ketchikan visit planning website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 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 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline

4
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Change things up with a short trip to Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in Gateway (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch, and hike along Windows.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arches National Park road trip tool .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and car from Ketchikan to Arches National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ketchikan to Arches National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ketchikan in June, plan for much warmer days in Arches National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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