56 days in Alaska & Santa Fe Itinerary

56 days in Alaska & Santa Fe Itinerary

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56 days in Alaska & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Homer
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Seward
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
McCarthy
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
7
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
12
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
13
Santa Fe
— 11 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Homer: Ninilchik (Key-O's Guide Service & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Eveline State Recreation Area (in Fritz Creek). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Homer is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Homer is minus 19 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Homer at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ninilchik, Anchor River, Eveline State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seward vacation builder website .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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 parks, historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail, and take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can 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
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation 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, get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Valdez journey app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can 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
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier

1
night
McCarthy

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

To find maps and other tourist information, read our McCarthy visit planning site .

Drive from Valdez to McCarthy in 4.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to 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. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, look for gifts at Wild about Denali, relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Denali National Park and Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can 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
Denali ©
Denali
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

4
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden, admire the majestic nature at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and have some family-friendly fun at Gold Daughters Alaska.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fairbanks online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. June in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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 more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. While traveling from Fairbanks, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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

4
nights
Skagway

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: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, sample the fine beverages at Skagway Spirits Distillery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier.

Plan a Skagway trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Skagway with the Route module. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up 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
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, outdoors, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, don't miss a visit to Shrine of St Therese, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

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

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 historic sites, parks, zoos & aquariums, museums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbor Mountain Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip planner .

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for historic sites, parks, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to 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
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument), Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bradbury Science Museum) and Taos (Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Ketchikan to Santa Fe in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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, Angel Fire, Los Alamos, Cochiti Pueblo, Jemez Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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