46 days in Alaska Itinerary

46 days in Alaska Itinerary

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46 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Train:  5​h
3
Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Seward
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h
7
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Skagway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Haines
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
12
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Anchorage
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Train:  14​h 30​min
End: Nuremberg

4
nights
Fairbanks

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. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Santa Claus House, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Fairbanks is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Nuremberg in December; daily highs in Fairbanks reach -16°C and lows reach -26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

4
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 10th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring at Wonder Lake. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, look for gifts at Wild about Denali, and take a memorable drive along Mc Kinley Park Rd.

To find out how to plan a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December, Denali National Park and Preserve is a bit warmer than Fairbanks - with highs of -4°C and lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Denali Highway
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

2
nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 13th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bearpaw River Brewing Company, and finally experience rural life at Reindeer Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pioneer Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm, and finally take an in-depth tour of Colony House Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palmer vacation builder site .

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Palmer by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach -4°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatcher Pass, Bearpaw River Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Chugach Heritage Center.

Plan a trip to Seward easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Palmer to Seward takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palmer in December, things will get a bit warmer in Seward: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Homer is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and stroll through Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Homer online trip itinerary builder .

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. December in Homer sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

3
nights
Sitka

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, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Homer to Sitka by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Homer in December; daily highs in Sitka reach 6°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, steep yourself in history at Totem Bight State Historical Park, get lost in a book at Whale Pass Library, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Juneau trip planning app .

Getting from Ketchikan to Juneau by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ketchikan in December; daily highs in Juneau reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

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

4
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for adventure, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the engaging exhibits at Junior Ranger Activity Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery, and take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Art Colony.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Skagway trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Skagway are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Step out of Haines to go to Hoonah and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Haines fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Skagway to Haines by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Haines sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

1
night
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 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haines to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

1
night
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Valdez trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Valdez. In January, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier

6
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, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valdez in January: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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