15 days in Alaska Itinerary

15 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Ketchikan

— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Deer Mountain Trail, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan journey planning app.

Kansas City to Ketchikan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kansas City to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, take an in-depth tour of Juneau-Douglas City Museum, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Juneau by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alaska SeaLife Center and Harding Ice Field Trail. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seward online travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Juneau to Seward in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Seward are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Bring the kids along to Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Seward Hwy, and have fun and explore at Alaska Museum of Science & Nature.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage visit planner.

Drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Side Trip

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Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then get a taste of the local shopping with Santa Claus House, and then find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with University of Alaska Museum of the North, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fairbanks itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fairbanks when traveling from Anchorage in September, with lows around 36°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Wildlife

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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.