52 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 7 nights
Fly
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cordova
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 5 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Anchorage
— 8 nights
Fly
8
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Juneau
— 6 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
10
Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
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Fairbanks — 7 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Steese Hwy. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, sample the fine beverages at Hoarfrost Distilling, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Vienna, Austria to Fairbanks is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Vienna in January: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around -17°C and lows are around -27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denali National Park and Preserve: Talkeetna (Alaskan War Veterans Memorial & Byers Lake). Spend the 14th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Dog Sledding Tours at EarthSong Lodge, identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail, get great views at Denali View South, and take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fairbanks in January: high temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve hover around -3°C and lows are around -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cordova.
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Cordova — 2 nights

Cordova, is a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): hit the slopes at Points North Heli-Adventures. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Cordova History Museum, then surround yourself with nature on Child’s Glacier Tours by The Riverside Inn, and then snap pictures at Miles Glacier Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cordova road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Cordova with the Route module. In January, Cordova is somewhat warmer than Denali National Park and Preserve - with highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seward.
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Seward — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Seward to Cooper Landing to see Lakeview Outfitters about 1 hour away. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the history behind Benny Benson Memorial, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Cordova to Seward with the Route module. In January in Seward, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Homer.
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Homer — 5 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Venture out of the city with trips to Soldotna (Soldotna Historical Society, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, &more). Fill the 26th (Thu) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Homer sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly to Palmer.
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Palmer — 3 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Palmer is known for nature, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Iditarod Headquarters, and experience rural life at Reindeer Farm.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmer trip planning tool.

Fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Homer in January; daily highs in Palmer reach -3°C and lows reach -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 8 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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Anchorage sightseeing planning app.

You can take a shuttle from Palmer to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Skagway.
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Skagway — 3 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Explore Skagway's surroundings by going to Haines (American Bald Eagle Foundation, Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, &more). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery, have fun and explore at Junior Ranger Activity Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with BearHead Photography Gallery.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Skagway online visit planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Anchorage in February, with highs in Skagway at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Juneau.
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Juneau — 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, hit the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area, and get engrossed in the history at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau route maker tool.

Fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.
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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 zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company, and meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sitka trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in February: high temperatures in Sitka hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 5 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, view the masterpieces at Alaska Galleries, and pause for some photo ops at The Rock.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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