21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska holiday maker
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Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Chicago

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Anchorage — 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Botanical Garden. Family-friendly places like Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Indian Valley Mine & Gifts will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Hood Harbor, don't miss a visit to Seward Hwy, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage travel itinerary planner.

Chicago to Anchorage is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Anchorage at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Talkeetna Riverfront Park, then view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Susitna Salmon Center, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally walk around Talkeetna Lakes Park.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fairbanks.
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Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Angel Rocks Trail and Georgeson Botanical Garden. Get outdoors at Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and Large Animal Research Station. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Birch Hill Recreation Area, find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, steep yourself in history at Alaskan Pipeline, and have fun and explore at Fairbanks Children's Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Homer.
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Homer — 4 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Family-friendly places like Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay State Park will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Diamond Creek Trail. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, admire the majestic nature at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Fairbanks to Homer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fairbanks in July, you will find days in Homer are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Valdez.
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Side Trip
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Valdez — 3 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 16th (Wed), go for a walk through Dock Point Park & Trail, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Valdez route maker.

You can fly from Homer to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seward.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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 Seward Boat Harbor will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Harding Ice Field Trail and Mt. Marathon. When in Seward, make a side trip to see Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park, approximately Kenai Fjords National Park away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Creek Weir, take an exotic tour of Backcountry Safaris, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bear Glacier.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seward online route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Seward, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

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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