57 days in Alaska Itinerary

57 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 5 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Train
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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
— 5 nights
Fly to Juneau International Airport, Drive to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive
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Haines
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 5 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to San Diego

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Homer

— 5 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Explore Homer's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Ninilchik) and Russian River (in Kenai). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Homer trip planner.

San Diego to Homer is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from San Diego to Homer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in June; daily highs in Homer reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Seward

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (in Soldotna) and Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marathon, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Miller's Landing.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seward trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Homer to Seward by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Seward, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 5 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.
Take a break from Anchorage with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and hike along Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Valdez

— 3 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: explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and take in the pleasant sights at Dock Point Park & Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Valdez in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Valdez are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 3 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Independence Mine State Historical Park in Palmer (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora, stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and explore the activities along Byers Lake.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna holiday tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · 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 25th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, trek along Savage River Loop Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

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. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, contemplate the waterfront views at Chena River State Recreation Area, and examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks day trip website.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Fairbanks are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

— 1 day
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve journey builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. When traveling from Fairbanks in July, plan for little chillier days in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
Step out of Haines to go to Hoonah and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines online visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines with the Route module. July in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · 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: admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, trek along Upper Dewey Lake, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Klondike Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Skagway road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Juneau

— 6 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: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau online tour planner.

Getting from Skagway to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Juneau are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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. state of Alaska. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, head outdoors with Classic Casting Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, and immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip planning app.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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.