60 days in Alaska, Santa Cruz & Oklahoma Itinerary

60 days in Alaska, Santa Cruz & Oklahoma Itinerary

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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
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Train to Anchorage, Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Homer
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Seward
— 2 nights
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to San Jose
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Santa Cruz
— 18 nights
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Oklahoma City
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Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North and take in the pleasant sights at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks online holiday builder.

Oklahoma City to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Oklahoma City to Fairbanks. Traveling from Oklahoma City in May, things will get slightly colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 61°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Keep things going the next day: stop by Wild about Denali and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve online holiday builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 25th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Homer by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Homer: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Seward

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seward online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Seward sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Flattop Mountain Trail and Alyeska Ski Area. Go for a jaunt from Anchorage to Palmer to see Reindeer Farm about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and State Street and Broadway Street. Take a break from the city and head to Davidson Glacier and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, take an in-depth tour of Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

Discover how to plan a Skagway trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Skagway, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Haines

— 3 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 off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Off-Road Tours. Get outdoors at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Photography Tours. There's lots more to do: tee off at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Haines trip planning tool.

Getting from Skagway to Haines by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Nugget Falls and Zipline. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mendenhall Glacier and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: trek along Mount Roberts Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Inside Passage, take a memorable tour with Tours, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Juneau itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sitka

— 3 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. Take a break from the city and head to Alaska Raptor Center and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and Fortress of the Bear. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sitka tour builder website.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Ketchikan

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Misty Fjords National Monument. Take a break from the city and head to Totem Bight State Historical Park and Zipline. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Alaska, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, and view the masterpieces at Soaring Eagle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Santa Cruz

— 18 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Joyce Vineyards (in Carmel Valley), Big Sur (Hawthorne Gallery, McWay Falls, &more) and Pebble Beach (China Rock, Bird Rock Vista Point, &more). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Santa Cruz in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Ketchikan to Santa Cruz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ketchikan in June, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Oklahoma City

— 7 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge and SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology. Take a break from the city and head to Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City Riversport. Get out of town with these interesting Oklahoma City side-trips: Woody Guthrie Statue & Murals (in Okemah), Oka' Chokmasi (in Sulphur) and Tulsa (Trinity Episcopal Church & Philbrook Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Bricktown, admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens, walk around Hefner Lake & Park, and engage your brain at Science Museum Oklahoma.

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Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to Oklahoma City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in July; daily highs in Oklahoma City reach 93°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.