46 days in Alaska Itinerary

46 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska sightseeing planner

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Anchorage
— 9 nights
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Seward
— 6 nights
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Kenai Fjords National Park
— 2 nights
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Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Kobuk Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 8 nights
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Slana
— 1 night
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McCarthy
— 2 nights
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Juneau
— 9 nights
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Anchorage

— 9 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 to go to Palmer and see Knik Glacier Tours, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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

Austin to Anchorage is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In May, Anchorage is cooler than Austin - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Seward

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seward: Vagt Lake Trail (in Moose Pass) and Alaska Salmon Chaser (in Cooper Landing). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the waterfront at Miller's Landing, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seward travel planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kenai Fjords National Park

— 2 nights

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Fox Island, explore the striking landscape at Pederson Glacier, and then trek along Harding Ice Field Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Clam Gulch and then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier.

Start your trip to Kenai Fjords National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Kenai Fjords National Park is just a stone's throw from Seward. In May in Kenai Fjords National Park, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Katmai National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
The volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of brown bears who spend their summers fattening up on the plentiful salmon that fill the wilderness area's rivers and streams.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the activities along Brooks River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Naknek Lake. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and then admire the sheer force of Brooks Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Katmai National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kenai Fjords National Park to Katmai National Park and Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve trip builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kobuk Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Kobuk Valley National Park

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobuk Valley National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kobuk Valley National Park journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to Kobuk Valley National Park. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Kobuk Valley National Park

Nature · Parks
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Denali National Park and Preserve

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denali National Park and Preserve: Talkeetna (Byers Lake, Hurricane Turn, &more). Spend the 13th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve vacation app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kobuk Valley National Park to Denali National Park and Preserve. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Slana.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Slana

— 1 night
Slana is a census-designated place in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 17th (Thu), hike along Nabesna Road.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Slana route builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to Slana. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to McCarthy.

Things to do in Slana

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

McCarthy

— 2 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Wild Alpine - Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and then hike along Root Glacier Trail.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our McCarthy online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Slana to McCarthy in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in McCarthy can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bartlett Cove.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. When traveling from McCarthy in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Juneau

— 9 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Inside Passage, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Juneau online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve travel guide

4.7
World heritage site · National Parks · Hiking Trails
America's Largest National Park
The glaciers and icefields of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to shape its landscape, which stretches from cloud-shrouded peaks to the waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The park's 53,320 sq km (20,587 sq mi) area is larger than Switzerland, while 5,489 m (18,008 ft) Mt. St. Elias stands as the second-highest peak in the United States. The park is far from other mainstream Alaska attractions, so it offers visitors the chance to really experience "Wild Alaska," including massive glaciers and ice-fed rivers. The mountains, meadows, forests, rivers, lakes, and coast serve up plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, mountaineering, hunting, and sea kayaking. The park prides itself on offering plenty of genuine wilderness and therefore limits the facilities it offers, so you'll need to be prepared with supplies.