57 days in Alaska Itinerary

57 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Homer
— 3 nights
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Anchor Point
— 2 nights
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Ninilchik
— 2 nights
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Nikiski
— 2 nights
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Kenai
— 6 nights
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Soldotna
— 4 nights
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Cooper Landing
— 1 night
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Kenai Fjords National Park
— 3 nights
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Seward
— 3 nights
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Moose Pass
— 3 nights
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Whittier
— 2 nights
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Sutton
— 3 nights
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Palmer
— 2 nights
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Wasilla
— 2 nights
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Willow
— 1 night
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
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Trapper Creek
— 2 nights
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Copper Center
— 2 nights
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Chitina
— 2 nights
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McCarthy
— 2 nights
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Cordova
— 3 nights
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Valdez
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Anchorage

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stop by Cabin Fever, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Beluga Point. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage vacation tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. August in Anchorage sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Family-friendly places like Kachemak Bay State Park and Photography Tours will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, browse the exhibits of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, and hike along Diamond Creek Trail.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. In August in Homer, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Anchor Point.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Anchor Point

— 2 nights
Anchor Point is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. Anchor Point is known for beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

Before you visit Anchor Point, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Anchor Point is just a stone's throw from Homer. In August, daytime highs in Anchor Point are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will leave for Ninilchik on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Anchor Point

Beaches · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ninilchik

— 2 nights
Ninilchik is a census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get outside with Key-O's Guide Service, then get outside with Chihuly's & Mary Time Charters, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ninilchik vacation builder website.

Ninilchik is just a short distance from Anchor Point. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nikiski.

Things to do in Ninilchik

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Nikiski

— 2 nights
Nikiski is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikiski online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ninilchik to Nikiski by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nikiski are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to Kenai.

Things to do in Nikiski

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Kenai

— 6 nights
Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kids will enjoy Crescent Lake and Russian River. There's lots more to do: hike along Resurrection Pass, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas Chapel, explore the activities along Kenai River, and have fun and explore at Challenger Learning Center.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenai trip planner.

Kenai is very close to Nikiski. In August, daily temperatures in Kenai can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Soldotna.

Things to do in Kenai

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Soldotna

— 4 nights
Soldotna is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. State of Alaska. Spend the 22nd (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, take an in-depth tour of Soldotna Historical Society, stroll around Centennial Park, and learn about winemaking at Alaska Berries.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Soldotna trip itinerary maker tool.

Soldotna is just a short distance from Kenai. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Cooper Landing on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Soldotna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cooper Landing

— 1 night
Cooper Landing is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States, about 100mi south of Anchorage, at the confluence of Kenai Lake and Kenai River. On the 24th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Russian River Falls and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cooper Landing trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Soldotna to Cooper Landing in an hour. In August in Cooper Landing, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for Kenai Fjords National Park on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Cooper Landing

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Kenai Fjords National Park

— 3 nights

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

Mountains, ice, and sea all converge in dramatic fashion at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Bring the kids along to Exit Glacier and Fox Island. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Harding Ice Field Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Six Mile Creek, kick back and relax at Clam Gulch, and explore the striking landscape at Pederson Glacier.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kenai Fjords National Park itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cooper Landing to Kenai Fjords National Park takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will leave for Seward on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seward

— 3 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.
Attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marathon.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seward tour planner.

Seward is just a short distance from Kenai Fjords National Park. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Moose Pass.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Moose Pass

— 3 nights
Moose Pass is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): grab your bike and head to Vagt Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Moose Pass trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Moose Pass takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off to Whittier.

Things to do in Moose Pass

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Whittier

— 2 nights
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): go for a walk through Horsetail Falls Trail and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Portage Pass Trail, then expand your understanding of the military at Begich Towers Incorporated, and finally see the interesting displays at Prince William Sound Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Whittier trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Moose Pass to Whittier takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Sutton.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Sutton

— 3 nights
Sutton is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Matanuska Glacier State Recreational Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier, and then get outside with Matanuska Glacier Adventures.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sutton trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whittier to Sutton. In September, daytime highs in Sutton are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Sutton

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Independence Mine State Historical Park and Horseback Riding Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, immerse yourself in nature at Government Peak Recreation Area, take an in-depth tour of Colony House Museum, and hike along Bodenburg Butte.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palmer trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sutton to Palmer. In September, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wasilla.

Things to do in Palmer

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Wasilla

— 2 nights
Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Iditarod Headquarters and then trek along Wasilla Creek Wetlands Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wasilla road trip tool.

Wasilla is very close to Palmer. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Willow.

Things to do in Wasilla

Outdoors · Golf · Museums · Trails

Willow

— 1 night
Willow is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Willow trip builder site.

You can drive from Wasilla to Willow in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 13th (Sun), you're off to Talkeetna.
Highlights from your trip

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, shop like a local with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, make a trip to Nagley's Store, pick up some new knowledge with Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Willow to Talkeetna takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trapper Creek.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Trapper Creek

— 2 nights
Trapper Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for gifts at Wal Mikes and then immerse yourself in nature at Denali State Park.

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

You can drive from Talkeetna to Trapper Creek in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Copper Center.

Things to do in Trapper Creek

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Copper Center

— 2 nights
Copper Center is a census-designated place on the Copper River in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head outdoors with River Wrangellers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Copper Center trip site.

Getting from Trapper Creek to Copper Center by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Trapper Creek in September, Copper Center is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to Chitina.

Things to do in Copper Center

Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Chitina

— 2 nights
Chitina is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Chitina is known for trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Liberty Falls State Recreation Site and admire all the interesting features of McCarthy Rd.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chitina trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Copper Center to Chitina takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Chitina

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

McCarthy

— 2 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Root Glacier Trail, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Alpine - Day Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the McCarthy itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chitina to McCarthy takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Cordova.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cordova

— 3 nights
Cordova, is a small town located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Points North Heli-Adventures and then get engrossed in the history at Cordova History Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Copper River and then take in the views from Miles Glacier Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cordova driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Cordova. In September, daily temperatures in Cordova can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Cordova

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, and then explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Valdez road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cordova to Valdez with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Valdez are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
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.