22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel 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
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, and get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan sightseeing tool.

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Ketchikan is minus 4 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Ketchikan: highs are around 66°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Sitka

— 2 nights
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. On the 25th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then get outside with Classic Casting Adventures.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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 31st (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Homer visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Juneau to Homer in 8 hours. In August in Homer, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Seward

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seward trip maker app.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Anchorage

— 4 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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour in style with a train tour, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Anchorage sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North and then get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, and finally look for gifts at Santa Claus House.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip planning tool.

Getting from Anchorage to Fairbanks by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Fairbanks when traveling from Anchorage in September, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

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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.