60 days in Alaska Itinerary

60 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 6 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hoonah
— 1 night
Fly
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Haines
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 6 nights
Ferry to Haines, AK, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 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
— 6 nights
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Ketchikan

— 6 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 to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get advice or help at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan road trip planning site.

Fort Lauderdale to Ketchikan is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, expect Ketchikan to be colder, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, hike along Harbor Mountain Trail, meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, and steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sitka road trip planning site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Sitka sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Juneau

— 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel 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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): 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 reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hoonah day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Hoonah takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hoonah can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Hoonah

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Haines

— 5 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 wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines trip planner.

You can fly from Hoonah to Haines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Skagway

— 6 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: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, hike along Upper Dewey Lake, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway online travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

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 activities along Prince William Sound, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Valdez trip builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Skagway to Valdez in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seward tour planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Valdez, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 29th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Homer trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Homer are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Spend the 4th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip website.

Traveling by car from Homer to Anchorage takes 4.5 hours. In June in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow 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. On the 7th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a dose of the wild on Knik Glacier Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, and finally experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Palmer trip maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Anchorage to Palmer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 9th (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally look for gifts at Susitna Salmon Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, get outside with Hurricane Turn, and then appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna travel planner.

Drive from Palmer to Talkeetna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · 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 15th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Fairbanks

— 6 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.