12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Oklahoma City

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Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. On your second day here, stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at HooDoo Brewing Company.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks day trip planner.

Oklahoma City to Fairbanks is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in January: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 6°F and lows are around -10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at J Bear Tours and Kenai River Brewing Company. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Soldotna, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company and examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Homer in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Fairbanks in January; daily highs in Homer reach 36°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Anchorage

— 3 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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alyeska Ski Area. Explore hidden gems such as Friends of Eagle River Nature and Girdwood Brewing Company. There's more to do: explore the activities along Cook Inlet.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Anchorage fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Homer to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Homer in January: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 26°F and lows are around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sitka.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Sitka

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sitka travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Sitka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in January, you will find days in Sitka are a bit warmer (44°F), and nights are much warmer (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then look for gifts at The Rain Barrel, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.