15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner
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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly
2
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Seward
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
5
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
6
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Los Angeles

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Fairbanks — 1 night

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 1st (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with University of Alaska Museum of the North and then see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Santa Claus House, identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and finally go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

Make your Fairbanks itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Los Angeles to Fairbanks is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Fairbanks, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get cooler in Fairbanks: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 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.
Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Anchorage attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 44°F in Anchorage. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Seward.
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Seward — 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.
On the 7th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, then get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seward travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Seward are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Juneau trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Seward to Juneau takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Sitka.
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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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