9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and then admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Homer trip itinerary website .

Chicago to Homer is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Homer, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get slightly colder in Homer: highs are around 64°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Anchorage.

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Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

3
nights
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Fresh Spring Water at Mile 109, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anchorage attractions site .

Getting from Homer to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Alaska Knifeworks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Juneau road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Juneau: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

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Zipline
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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