52 days in Alaska Itinerary

52 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska tour itinerary planner

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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive to King Salmon Airport, Fly to Zachar Bay Seaplane Base
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Kodiak Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Unalaska
— 2 nights
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Nome
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotzebue
— 2 nights
Drive
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Utqiagvik
— 2 nights
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Coldfoot
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Fly to Eagle Airport, Drive to Chicken
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Chicken
— 1 night
Drive
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Tok
— 2 nights
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Delta Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Pole
— 3 nights
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
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Anchorage

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier, approximately Whittier away. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Friends of Eagle River Nature.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary site.

Perth, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Perth in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Anchorage, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seward

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Kayaking & Canoeing and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, stroll through Tonsina Creek Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seward itinerary planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kachemak Bay State Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Homer Spit, identify plant and animal life at Anchor River State Recreation Area, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Homer itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Turquoise Lake and then explore the striking landscape of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Homer to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. In August, daytime highs in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Katmai National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Naknek Lake, admire the sheer force of Brooks Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Brooks River.

Plan my Katmai National Park and Preserve trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to Katmai National Park and Preserve. In August, daytime highs in Katmai National Park and Preserve are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kodiak Island.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks

Kodiak Island

— 4 nights
Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak Island boasts a plethora of outdoor activities all year round.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alutiiq Museum and The Baranov Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium & Touch Tank, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Sargent Creek.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kodiak Island trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Kodiak Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Unalaska.

Things to do in Kodiak Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Unalaska

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Aleutians.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unalaska trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kodiak Island to Unalaska with the Route module. In August in Unalaska, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Nome.

Things to do in Unalaska

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Nome

— 1 night
Nome is a city in the Nome Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. For more things to do and more tourist information, read Nome trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Unalaska to Nome. Traveling from Unalaska in August, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Nome. You'll set off for Kotzebue on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Nome

Historic Sites · Museums

Kotzebue

— 2 nights
Kotzebue or Kikiktagruk is a city in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. On the 31st (Mon), walk around Noatak National Preserve, then examine the collection at Northwest Arctic Heritage Center, and then view the masterpieces at Sulianich Art Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Northwest Alaska Areas.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kotzebue planner.

Explore your travel options from Nome to Kotzebue with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Utqiagvik.

Things to do in Kotzebue

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Utqiagvik

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Barrow Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tundra Tours Inc, and then stroll around Inupiat Heritage Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Utqiagvik trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kotzebue to Utqiagvik. Traveling from Kotzebue in September, things will get little chillier in Utqiagvik: highs are around 2°C and lows about -1°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off to Coldfoot.

Things to do in Utqiagvik

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Coldfoot

— 3 nights
Coldfoot is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like James Dalton Highway and BLM Arctic Circle Monument Sign.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Coldfoot trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Utqiagvik to Coldfoot with the Route module. Traveling from Utqiagvik in September, expect nights in Coldfoot to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. You'll set off for Denali National Park and Preserve on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Coldfoot

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Wonder Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mc Kinley Park Rd and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coldfoot to Denali National Park and Preserve. In September, Denali National Park and Preserve is a bit warmer than Coldfoot - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
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 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denali National Park and Preserve to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Sitka

— 2 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. On the 14th (Mon), trek along Harbor Mountain Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Herring Cove Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Sitka are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, then stop by Chinook and Company, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, then stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, then steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rotary Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chicken.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Chicken

— 1 night
Chicken is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicken online vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ketchikan to Chicken. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ketchikan in September; daily highs in Chicken reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Tok.

Things to do in Chicken

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Tok

— 2 nights
Tok is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by All Alaska Gifts and then admire all the interesting features of Top of the World Hwy.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tok holiday website.

Drive from Chicken to Tok in 2 hours. September in Tok sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll set off for Delta Junction on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Tok

Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

Delta Junction

— 2 nights
Delta Junction is a city in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. On the 21st (Mon), walk around Big Delta State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): stop by The Knotty Shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Delta Junction road trip app.

You can drive from Tok to Delta Junction in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Delta Junction are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to North Pole.

Things to do in Delta Junction

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Shopping

North Pole

— 3 nights
North Pole is a small city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 24th (Thu), kick back and relax at Chena Lake Recreation Area. On the next day, stop by Santa Claus House.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our North Pole road trip planner.

You can drive from Delta Junction to North Pole in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You will leave for Fairbanks on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in North Pole

Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum and then find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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

Fairbanks is just a short distance from North Pole. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Alaska travel guide

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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.