18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Bus to Soldotna Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce, Taxi to Kenai, Fly to Dallas/Ft.Worth

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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.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Misty Fjords National Monument will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip itinerary planning app.

Dallas to Ketchikan is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. In August, Ketchikan is colder than Dallas - with highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August in Sitka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau road trip site.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

Haines

— 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and get engrossed in the history at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Haines are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

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.
Visiting Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and stroll through Kincaid Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Anchorage takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Harding Ice Field Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Seward trip planner.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Seward sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.