12 days in Oregon & Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Oregon & Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive
2
Portland
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
3
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
4
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Roanoke

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Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Icefire Glassworks and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cannon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Haystack Rock.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach online trip itinerary planner.

Roanoke to Cannon Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In August, Cannon Beach is slightly colder than Roanoke - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): wander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Portland vacation planner.

Getting from Cannon Beach to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, you will find days in Portland are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 2nd (Fri), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Portland to Ketchikan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Portland to Ketchikan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Portland in September: high temperatures in Ketchikan hover around 60°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls and then get advice or help at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Juneau online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Juneau are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Anchorage

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then deepen your understanding at Alaska Native Heritage Center. On your second day here, make a trip to Seward Hwy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary app.

Getting from Juneau to Anchorage by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry 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 (Wed) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Seward

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Exit Glacier.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seward trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Oregon travel guide

4.5
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

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.