21 days in Alaska Itinerary

21 days in Alaska Itinerary

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21 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  16​h
1
Fairbanks
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Skagway
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Valdez
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Hamburg

2
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then go for a walk through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and then see the interesting displays at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Chena River State Recreation Area, then examine the collection at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks road trip website .

Hamburg, Germany to Fairbanks is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Hamburg to Fairbanks, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Chena River State Recreation Area ©
Chena River State Recreation Area

2
nights
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
On the 25th (Sat), trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Savage River Loop Trail, then trek along Horseshoe Lake Trail, and then relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 27th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, explore the activities along Byers Lake, pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, then head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Talkeetna online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. July in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Byers Lake ©
Byers Lake

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stroll around Bishop's Beach Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum. On your second day here, do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Homer trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Homer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Talkeetna in July, you will find days in Homer are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Museums
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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

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nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, and finally take a peaceful walk through Tongass National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and then head outdoors with Sawyer Glacier.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Juneau planning site .

You can fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Tongass National Forest
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Tongass National Forest ©
Tongass National Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sawyer Glacier ©
Sawyer Glacier

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 2nd (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Haines journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

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nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake, then stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, and finally get your game on at Alaska 360. On the next day, trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, steep yourself in history at State Sreet and Broadway Street, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, and finally trek along Yakutania Point.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. August in Skagway sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail

1
night
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Valdez trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Skagway to Valdez in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Skagway in August, plan for slightly colder days in Valdez, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

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nights
Anchorage

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alyeska Ski Area and Hatcher Pass. Get outdoors at Friends of Eagle River Nature and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from Anchorage with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Whittier, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Alaska Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eklutna, hike along Byron Glacier Trail, and make a trip to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. While traveling from Valdez, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anchorage, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whittier, Hatcher Pass
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

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