49 days in Alaska Itinerary

49 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Whittier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Denver

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Fairbanks — 3 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 24th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks travel planner.

Denver to Fairbanks is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to Fairbanks, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in May: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 61°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Denali National Park and Preserve.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve — 4 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.
Denali National Park and Preserve is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail, and relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Talkeetna.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Byers Lake and then get outside with Hurricane Turn.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna route planner.

Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Palmer.
Outdoors · Adventure · Parks · Tours

Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 2nd (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Knik Glacier Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte, and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palmer road trip planner.

Getting from Talkeetna to Palmer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Palmer are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Homer.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Homer — 3 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: explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art Shop Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer route planner.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Homer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Seward.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward trip planner.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Whittier.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

Whittier — 2 nights

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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Whittier Harbor and then explore the striking landscape at College Fiord. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Whittier road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Seward to Whittier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Whittier are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anchorage.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Anchorage — 6 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.
Spend the 15th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and walk around Kincaid Park.

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You can drive from Whittier to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Whittier in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Anchorage: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Skagway.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Side Trip

Skagway — 5 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 Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, sample the tasty concoctions at Klondike Brewing Company, examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Skagway trip planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Haines.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Haines — 3 nights

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, head outdoors with 1st Choice Charters, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Haines online trip builder.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In June in Haines, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juneau.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Juneau — 6 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Juneau tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. June in Juneau sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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.