59 days in Alaska Itinerary

59 days in Alaska Itinerary

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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
5
Haines
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Anchorage
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
9
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
12
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

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, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

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.
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life 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.
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Juneau — 6 nights

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 travel to Hoonah.
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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. Other options are to fly; or 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.
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Haines — 4 nights

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 wildlife, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at 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 head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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.
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, trek along Upper Dewey Lake, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives.

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. Other options: ride a ferry; or fly. 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.
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Anchorage — 6 nights

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 wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Palmer.
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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.
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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 and then explore the activities along Byers Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Talkeetna trip maker website.

You can drive from Palmer to Talkeetna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Talkeetna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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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: see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail, experience rural life at Dog Gone It, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve online day trip planner.

Getting from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 5 nights

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, trek along Angel Rocks Trail, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park.

Planning Fairbanks trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Valdez.
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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 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 fly; or 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.
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Seward — 4 nights

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 flight and bus; or 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.
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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 30 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, kick back and relax at Anchor River State Recreation Area, cast your line with a fishing tour, and examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Homer journey planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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