43 days in Alaska Itinerary

43 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Wrangell
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Anchorage
— 11 nights
Fly
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Kodiak Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 6 nights
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Wrangell

— 2 nights
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 30th (Mon), trek along Mt Dewey Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Stikine River, and then examine the collection at Wrangell Museum. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wrangell vacation app.

Houston to Wrangell is an approximately 62.5-hour car ride. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Houston to Wrangell due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in November, expect Wrangell to be much colder, temps between 41°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Wrangell

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Totem Bight State Historical Park and Totem Heritage Center. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rain Barrel and Dolly's House Museum. There's still lots to do: hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Beach.

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

Explore your travel options from Wrangell to Ketchikan with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Sitka

— 3 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and Baranof Castle State Historical Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sitka Sound Science Center and Baranof Island Brewing Company. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, and get engrossed in the history at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. December in Sitka sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eagle Beach and Alaska Powder Descents. Do some cultural sightseeing at Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Alaska Governor’s Mansion. Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Barnaby Brewing Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and fly down the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, Juneau is a bit cooler than Sitka - with highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Haines

— 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Moore Cabin and Hammer Museum. Get in touch with nature at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Explore Haines' surroundings by going to Skagway (The Mascot Saloon, Aurora Jewelers, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Chilkoot River, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company.

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

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. December in Haines sees daily highs of 30°F and lows of 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Palmer.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 17th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Palmer trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Haines to Palmer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Haines in December, with highs in Palmer at 25°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Anchorage.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 11 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Point Woronzof. Indian Valley Mine & Gifts and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Anchorage to Whittier to see Fishing Charters & Tours about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Friends of Eagle River Nature, play a few rounds at Anchorage Golf Course, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary maker app.

Take a shuttle from Palmer to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Anchorage sees daily highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kodiak Island.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kodiak Island

— 3 nights
Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak Island boasts a plethora of outdoor activities all year round.
Get some cultural insight at Alutiiq Museum and St. Herman's Chapel. Explore hidden gems such as Kodiak Island Brewing Company and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Fossil Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Main Office.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kodiak Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Anchorage to Kodiak Island with the Route module. Traveling from Anchorage in December, expect Kodiak Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°F and 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Kodiak Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Take a break from the city and head to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Homer Spit. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Winery and Homer Brewing Company. Step out of Homer with an excursion to Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and identify plant and animal life at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kodiak Island to Homer. Traveling from Kodiak Island in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°F in Homer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Fairbanks

— 6 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 the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Fairbanks to go to Chena Hot Springs and see Chena Hot Springs Resort, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Hoarfrost Distilling, sample the tasty concoctions at Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co., examine the collection at Aurora Ice Museum, and appreciate the history behind Felix Pedro Monument.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks vacation planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Fairbanks in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Homer in January, expect Fairbanks to be much colder, temps between 6°F and -10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.