52 days in Alaska Itinerary

52 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 5 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 4 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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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
— 6 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and trek along Deer Mountain Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan tour itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get a bit cooler in Ketchikan: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka online day trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Juneau

— 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau online trip maker.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Haines

— 4 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.
Take a break from Haines with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, trek along Battery Point Trail, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and get outside with 1st Choice Charters.

Plan my day in Haines using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Skagway trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and tour in style with a train tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage journey maker app.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 11th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Homer Spit, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and take an in-depth tour of Chugach Heritage Center.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Homer to Seward by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Valdez

— 4 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Valdez is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan 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, explore the striking landscape at College Fiord, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Valdez journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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 24th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Valdez to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Fairbanks

— 6 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 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, shop like a local with Santa Claus House, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Rocks Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.