60 days in Alaska & New York City Itinerary

60 days in Alaska & New York City Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 6 nights
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
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Anchorage
— 8 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cordova
— 1 night
Fly
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to New York City
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New York City
— 27 nights
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Fairbanks — 6 nights

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Steese Hwy. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, hit the slopes at Moose Mountain, and gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Fairbanks is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Sydney to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. In January, Fairbanks is colder than Sydney - with highs of -17°C and lows of -27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips

Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Talkeetna holiday planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Talkeetna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in January, things will get a bit warmer in Talkeetna: highs are around -3°C and lows about -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Anchorage.
Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping · Classes

Anchorage — 8 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.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, hike along Kincaid Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Explore Homer's surroundings by going to Eveline State Recreation Area (in Fritz Creek) and Kenai River Brewing Company (in Soldotna). Fill the 10th (Thu) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on J Bear Tours, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grace Ridge Brewery, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Homer trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Anchorage in February, expect Homer to be somewhat warmer, temps between 2°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cordova.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Cordova — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Points North Heli-Adventures and then get a dose of the wild on Child’s Glacier Tours by The Riverside Inn.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Cordova trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Homer to Cordova. In February in Cordova, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Juneau — 5 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Alaska Powder Descents, indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, stop by Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post, and get all the information you need at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Juneau planner.

Getting from Cordova to Juneau by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Sitka — 2 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. On the 20th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sitka day trip planner.

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in February: high temperatures in Sitka hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): walk around Saxman Native Village, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Fish Creek Company, view the masterpieces at The Soho Coho, and then pause for some photo ops at Chief Kyan Totem Pole.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

New York City — 27 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, &more). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To find photos and other tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Ketchikan to New York City due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.