9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Newark



— 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.
Step out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seward day trip planning website.

New York City to Seward is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get colder in Seward: highs are around 48°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip


— 4 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.
When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Phillips Cruises and Tours in Whittier, approximately Whittier away. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and trek along Willawaw Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anchorage tour planning website.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seward in October since evenings lows in Anchorage dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ptarmigan Arts, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip website.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Homer takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Homer are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Trails

Alaska travel guide

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.