43 days in Alaska Itinerary

43 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska vacation planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Whittier
— 1 night
Drive
6
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
7
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sacramento

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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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sitka holiday maker site.

Sacramento to Sitka is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sacramento to Sitka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sacramento in April, plan for colder days in Sitka, with highs around 49°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Anchorage.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Kincaid Park, get curious at Imaginarium Discovery Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage road trip planning website.

Fly from Sitka to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Homer.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trip

Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Homer is known for museums, trails, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your bearings at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ptarmigan Arts.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Homer takes 4.5 hours. May in Homer sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Seward.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Seward sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whittier.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Whittier — 1 night

Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Whittier route app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Whittier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Talkeetna.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod and then stroll around Talkeetna Lakes Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Artisans Open Air Market.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Talkeetna road trip website.

You can drive from Whittier to Talkeetna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Whittier in May: highs in Talkeetna hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Shopping · Parks · Museums · Classes
Side Trip

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 21st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve online holiday planner.

Take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Fairbanks.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Fairbanks — 5 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Go for a jaunt from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs to see Chena Hot Springs Resort about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, gain insight at Large Animal Research Station, and stop by Santa Claus House.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip planner.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Valdez — 3 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Valdez is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Prince William Sound, take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Valdez itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in May, expect nights in Valdez to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Juneau — 6 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and hit the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Getting from Valdez to Juneau by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Valdez in May, with highs in Juneau at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Ketchikan — 5 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, make a trip to Fish Creek Company, contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, and walk around Saxman Native Village.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.