51 days in Alaska Itinerary

51 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 1 night
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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
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
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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
— 4 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 5 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Auckland

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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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, stroll around Saxman Native Village, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos and more tourist information, read Ketchikan day trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Ketchikan is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 21 hours. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect nights in Ketchikan to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wrangell.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Wrangell

— 1 night
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site and then surround yourself with nature on Alaska Vistas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wrangell road trip planning app.

Getting from Ketchikan to Wrangell by car takes about 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Wrangell

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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: get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, get outside with S.E. Alaska Outdoor Adventures, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sitka online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wrangell to Sitka. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, don't miss a visit to Shrine of St Therese, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau online trip builder.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Juneau are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
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: stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, head outdoors with 1st Choice Charters, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Haines online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Haines are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, then see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. August in Skagway sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
Spend the 4th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, and gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage driving holiday tool.

Fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake and then head outdoors with Hurricane Turn. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally learn and have fun at Aurora Dora.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Talkeetna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

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 11th (Sat) exploring at Wonder Lake. Spend the 9th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, see Off-Road Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Savage River Loop Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

You can take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Valdez holiday builder.

Fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valdez, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Palmer.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 19th (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass and then immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Knik Glacier Tours and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Palmer journey website.

Getting from Valdez to Palmer by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. September in Palmer sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Homer.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 21st (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Homer Spit, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Homer visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Homer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Homer, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Seward

— 5 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: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). On the 25th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seward trip planner.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Seward, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.