56 days in Alaska & Santa Fe Itinerary

56 days in Alaska & Santa Fe Itinerary

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Homer
— 4 nights
2
Seward
— 4 nights
3
Anchorage
— 5 nights
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
5
McCarthy
— 1 night
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
7
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
8
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
9
Skagway
— 4 nights
10
Juneau
— 4 nights
11
Sitka
— 4 nights
12
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
13
Santa Fe
— 11 nights

4
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Homer: Eveline State Recreation Area (in Fritz Creek) and Ninilchik (Key-O's Guide Service & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, explore the world behind art at Norman Lowell Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Anchor River.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Homer is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 19 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Homer hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ninilchik, Eveline State Recreation Area, Anchor River
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center ©
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

4
nights
Seward

Seward ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and browse the collection at Seward Community Library & Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Seward are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center ©
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at College Fiord, and get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alaska
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 5th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Valdez trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June in Valdez, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive ©
The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

1
night
McCarthy

McCarthy ©
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hike along Root Glacier Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Alpine - Day Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read McCarthy journey builder website.

You can drive from Valdez to McCarthy in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Root Glacier Trail
Highlights from your plan
Root Glacier Trail ©
Root Glacier Trail

4
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
Step out of Denali National Park and Preserve with an excursion to Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring at Wonder Lake. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It, and hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from McCarthy to Denali National Park and Preserve. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
River Rafting & Tubing
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
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. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Claus House, Chena Hot Springs Resort
Highlights from your plan
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
University of Alaska Museum of the North ©
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

1
day
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
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 17th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. When traveling from Fairbanks in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

4
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Venture out of the city with trips to Haines (American Bald Eagle Foundation, Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Skagway online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway. June in Skagway sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Haines
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
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: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord

4
nights
Sitka

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 to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, get interesting insight from Tours, and examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
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, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

11
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bradbury Science Museum), Taos (Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, &more) and Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, and explore the striking landscape at Plaza Blanca.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Santa Fe by combination of ferry and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ketchikan to Santa Fe, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Ketchikan in July: highs in Santa Fe hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos, Los Alamos, Angel Fire, Cochiti Pueblo, Plaza Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©

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