55 days in Alaska Itinerary

55 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 1 night
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Whittier
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 8 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, get all the information you need at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan attractions app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Ketchikan is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Ketchikan. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, with highs in Ketchikan at 11°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Sitka

— 4 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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, hike along Harbor Mountain Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail, and get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sitka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Juneau online trip builder.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Skagway

— 4 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: explore the engaging exhibits at Junior Ranger Activity Center, stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, get engrossed in the history at Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, and view the masterpieces at Alaska Art Colony.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway travel route builder app.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in April, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

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.
Haines is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkat River, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, hike along Battery Point Trail, and get outside with 1st Choice Charters.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Haines online day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. April in Haines sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
On the 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Bartlett Cove.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Haines to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

McCarthy

— 1 night
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. On the 6th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Alpine - Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and then trek along Root Glacier Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our McCarthy trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to McCarthy. Traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in May, plan for little chillier nights in McCarthy, with lows around 2°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denali National Park and Preserve: Talkeetna (Byers Lake, Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, &more). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Denali Highway. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, stroll through Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Denali National Park and Preserve. May in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
When in Fairbanks, make a side trip to see Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, approximately Chena Hot Springs away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Fairbanks are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Homer: Soldotna (Alaska Berries & Soldotna Historical Society) and Eveline State Recreation Area (in Fritz Creek). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Homer itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Homer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Fairbanks in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Homer: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Alaska Salmon Chaser (in Cooper Landing) and Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Pederson Glacier). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Chugach Heritage Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Seward journey planner.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Whittier.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Whittier

— 1 night
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. On the 26th (Tue), examine the collection at Prince William Sound Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Portage Pass Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whittier trip planner.

Getting from Seward to Whittier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Whittier are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, glide through natural beauty at Hillside Park, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip website.

Traveling by car from Whittier to Anchorage takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.