56 days in Alaska Itinerary

56 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Ketchikan
— 6 nights
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Sitka
— 3 nights
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Juneau
— 6 nights
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Haines
— 7 nights
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Valdez
— 3 nights
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Glacier View
— Few hours
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
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Palmer
— 2 nights
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
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Seward
— 7 nights
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Homer
— 4 nights

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Kids will enjoy Creek Street and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: trek along Deer Mountain Trail, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, delve into the lush surroundings at Tongass National Forest, and walk around Potlatch Totem Park.

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

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Ketchikan is minus 4 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in Ketchikan to be a bit cooler, around 54°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

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Creek Street
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Sitka

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. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Michael's Cathedral and Russian Bishop's House. Popular historic sites such as Baranof Castle State Historical Site and Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, hike along Herring Cove Trail, and get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sitka trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Juneau.

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Juneau

Juneau ©

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Roberts Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: stroll through Perseverance National Recreation Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, head outdoors with Sawyer Glacier, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Juneau trip planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Haines.

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Haines

Haines

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.
Popular historic sites such as State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery are in your itinerary. Family-friendly places like The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) and Skagway (Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Chilkoot River, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines visit planner.

Getting from Juneau to Haines by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

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Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Valdez trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Valdez takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. July in Valdez sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier View.

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Keystone Canyon
5.0

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Glacier View

Glacier View ©
Glacier View is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glacier View online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Valdez to Glacier View takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Valdez, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier View, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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Matanuska Glacier
4.4

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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.
Bring the kids along to Denali and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kantishna Wilderness Trails and Donna's House of Petals & Gifts. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Denali National Park and Preserve fast, fun, and easy.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier View to Denali National Park and Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Talkeetna.

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Husky Homestead
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Wonder Lake
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: learn something new at Aurora Dora, get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, get outside with Hurricane Turn, and make a trip to Nagley's Store.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna travel route builder tool.

Take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 5 hours. In August in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palmer.

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Hurricane Turn
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Aurora Dora
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Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, and then experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Palmer Visitor Information Center and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palmer vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Palmer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. August in Palmer sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Anchorage.

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Anchorage

Anchorage ©

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Friends of Eagle River Nature. Visit Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Native Heritage Center for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Crow Creek Mine, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Botanical Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage holiday app.

You can take a shuttle from Palmer to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seward.

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Seward

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kayaking & Canoeing make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seward trip tool.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Seward sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

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Holgate Glacier
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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kachemak Bay State Park and Bishop's Beach Park. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Shop Gallery, and grab your bike and head to Homer Spit.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Homer vacation planner.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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