9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus:  13​h
1
Talkeetna
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Homer
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Subway:  13​h
End: Washington DC

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night
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 6th (Sun), head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, see Off-Road Tours, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Talkeetna trip itinerary site .

Washington DC to Talkeetna is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Talkeetna at 55°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Bishop's Beach Park, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Homer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

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Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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.
On the 8th (Tue), go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine, then stroll through Byron Glacier Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and finally fly down the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Crow Creek Mine ©
Crow Creek Mine

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Valdez travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, then stroll through Mendenhall Glacier, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Sawyer Glacier and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Juneau trip planning app .

Fly from Valdez to Juneau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Sawyer Glacier ©
Sawyer Glacier
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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