20 days in Alaska Itinerary

20 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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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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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmer
— 1 night
Fly
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, then get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Alaska, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan sightseeing planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Ketchikan is an approximately 30.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Ketchikan is minus 14.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in August, with highs in Ketchikan at 22°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Roberts Trail and Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure. The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get around town with Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, and admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Juneau sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then examine the collection at Hammer Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Haines sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Haines are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Haines

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 10th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, and then see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Valdez road trip planning website.

You can fly from Haines to Valdez in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 12th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. While traveling from Valdez, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Palmer

— 1 night
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 13th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Knik Glacier Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palmer sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Palmer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Homer.

Things to do in Palmer

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 14th (Sun), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then examine the collection at Pratt Museum. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and finally stroll around Bishop's Beach Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Homer tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Homer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Homer sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Harding Ice Field Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and then take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seward online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Seward sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Anchorage

— 1 night

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 18th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, explore the activities along Cook Inlet, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Anchorage online attractions planner.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

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.