59 days in Alaska Itinerary

59 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hoonah
— 1 night
Fly
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Haines
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 5 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train
10
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
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
14
Homer
— 4 nights
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Bus to Soldotna Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce, Taxi to Kenai, Fly to Sydney

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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, get your bearings at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and stroll through Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip itinerary maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Ketchikan is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 19 hours traveling from Sydney to Ketchikan. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka online visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Juneau

— 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: get your bearings at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Juneau trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Hoonah.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hoonah

— 1 night
Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoonah travel route planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Hoonah in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May in Hoonah, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Haines.

Things to do in Hoonah

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
Haines is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with Haines Family Fishing Charters, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Haines online trip builder.

You can fly from Hoonah to Haines in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, and examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Skagway driving holiday planner.

Getting from Haines to Skagway by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. May in Skagway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Anchorage

— 6 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.
Anchorage is known for parks, trails, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and trek along Kincaid Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Palmer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, get a dose of the wild on Knik Glacier Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, then trek along Wasilla Creek Wetlands Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, and finally see the interesting displays at Iditarod Headquarters.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palmer trip itinerary builder website.

Take a shuttle from Anchorage to Palmer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Susitna Salmon Center. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, and then head outdoors with Hurricane Turn.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Talkeetna online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Palmer to Talkeetna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Adventure

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 13th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage River Loop Trail, experience rural life at Dog Gone It, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve visit planner.

You can take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. In June in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to 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. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, view the masterpieces at Two Street Gallery LLC, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Fairbanks are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

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, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Prince William Sound, get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, take in the dramatic natural features at College Fiord, and see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez day trip website.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Fairbanks in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seward

— 4 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.
Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonsina Creek Trail, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seward travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Valdez in June, you will find days in Seward are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Go for a jaunt from Homer to Fritz Creek to see Eveline State Recreation Area about 32 minutes away. Fill the 29th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Homer tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Homer sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.