60 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Palmer
— 1 night
Drive
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Valdez
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 7 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 9 nights
Drive
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Cooper Landing
— 1 night
Drive
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Kenai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 6 nights
Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to Kodiak
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Kodiak, Kodiak Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 7 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 8 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Los Angeles

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Palmer — 1 night

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Pioneer Falls and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bearpaw River Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palmer trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles to Palmer is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Palmer to be colder, temps between 45°F and 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Valdez.
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Valdez — 5 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Visiting Chugach National Forest and Worthington Glacier will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbia Glacier and The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier, trek along Dock Point Park & Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Valdez tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palmer to Valdez in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Palmer in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valdez, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 7 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of the city life by going to Angel Rocks Trail and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoarfrost Distilling and North Star Golf Club. Step out of Fairbanks with an excursion to Alaska Highway in Delta Junction--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company, stroll around Golden Heart Plaza, take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fairbanks, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Valdez to Fairbanks in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, Fairbanks is a bit cooler than Valdez - with highs of 37°F and lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chugach State Park and Byron Glacier Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Girdwood Brewing Company and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel in Whittier, approximately Whittier away. There's much more to do: trek along Friends of Eagle River Nature, sample the tasty concoctions at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area, and walk around Kincaid Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Fairbanks in November, with highs in Anchorage at 29°F and lows at 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cooper Landing.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Russian River Falls, and then stop by Moose Drop-In Trading Post.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cooper Landing online trip maker.

Drive from Anchorage to Cooper Landing in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in November; daily highs in Cooper Landing reach 37°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kenai.
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Kenai — 2 nights

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): do a tasting at Alaska Berries, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Kenai River Brewing Company. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Russian River, and then kick back and relax at Kenai Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenai trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cooper Landing to Kenai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cooper Landing in November; daily highs in Kenai reach 31°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Homer.
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Homer — 6 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kachemak Bay State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Creek Winery and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Holgate Glacier in Seward, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company, take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Homer day trip planner.

You can drive from Kenai to Homer in 2 hours. In November, Homer is somewhat warmer than Kenai - with highs of 39°F and lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Kodiak.
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Kodiak, Kodiak Island — 3 nights

Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kodiak Island Brewing Company and Fossil Beach. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium & Touch Tank, brush up on your military savvy at Kodiak Military History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Alutiiq Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kodiak trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Homer to Kodiak. In November, daily temperatures in Kodiak can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 7 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and Photography Tours. Get outdoors at Sawyer Glacier and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, cast your line with a fishing tour, go deep underground at AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour, and appreciate the history behind The Whale Project.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kodiak to Juneau. Traveling from Kodiak in November, expect nights in Juneau to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Haines.
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Haines — 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range. Explore hidden gems such as Klondike Brewing Company and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Haines: Skagway (The Mascot Saloon, Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, &more). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Haines vacation planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December in Haines, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Alaska Raptor Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sheldon Jackson Museum and Sitka Sound Science Center. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Harrigan Centennial Hall, shop like a local with Island Artists Gallery, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Sitka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Haines in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Sitka: highs are around 42°F and lows about 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 8 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get outdoors at Helicopter Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Potlatch Totem Park and Deer Mountain Trail. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Rotary Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, stop by The Rain Barrel, and examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip maker.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
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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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