17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Seward
— 3 nights
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Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau, Ferry to Haines
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Haines
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Wrangell
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Dallas

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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 16th (Sun), shop like a local with University of Alaska Museum of the North, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then examine the collection at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip maker tool.

Dallas to Fairbanks is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dallas to Fairbanks. Traveling from Dallas in October, things will get much colder in Fairbanks: highs are around 37°F and lows about 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alaskan Husky Adventures. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, stop by Once in a Blue Moose, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage day trip planning site.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fairbanks in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Anchorage: highs are around 45°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seward.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alaska Coastal Explorer. Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seward online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Haines.
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Haines — 1 night

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Haines trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Seward to Haines by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.
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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 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, and finally stop by Celebrity Jewelers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wrangell.
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Wrangell — 2 nights

The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Wrangell is known for wildlife, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Muddy Water Adventures, head off the coast to Shakes Island, explore the activities along Stikine River, and kick back and relax at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wrangell day trip planning app.

Getting from Juneau to Wrangell by car takes about 14 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Wrangell can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Ketchikan.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Alaska Stone Art, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan online itinerary maker.

Drive from Wrangell to Ketchikan in 7.5 hours. October in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) 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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