45 days in Alaska Itinerary

45 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska journey planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 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
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 3 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
— 5 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 6 nights
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Ketchikan

— 4 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: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planner.

Fort Myers to Ketchikan is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Fort Myers to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. In September, Ketchikan is cooler than Fort Myers - with highs of 60°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka travel 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. In September, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, explore the activities along Inside Passage, make a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September in Juneau, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Haines

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Haines to Hoonah to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, explore the activities along Chilkoot River, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Haines journey planner.

Getting from Juneau to Haines by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, get engrossed in the history at Trail of '98 Museum, examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Skagway online itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Skagway are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Anchorage

— 6 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.
Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 10th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, cruise along Seward Hwy, and tour in style with a train tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anchorage holiday planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Skagway in October, with highs in Anchorage at 45°F and lows at 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 12th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Creek Trail, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Homer takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Seward

— 3 nights

Alaska Starts Here

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 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seward itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Seward, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Valdez trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Seward to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 5 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 23rd (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, contemplate the waterfront views at Wonder Lake, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Valdez to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denali National Park and Preserve when traveling from Valdez in October, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Fairbanks

— 6 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: shop like a local with University of Alaska Museum of the North, tour the pleasant surroundings at Large Animal Research Station, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, and look for gifts at Santa Claus House.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in October; daily highs in Fairbanks reach 37°F and lows reach 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.