22 days in Alaska Itinerary

22 days in Alaska Itinerary

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22 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
train + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Haines
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): shop like a local with Wild about Denali, then trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Horseshoe Lake Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Savage River Loop Trail.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner.

Minneapolis to Denali National Park and Preserve is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In August, Denali National Park and Preserve is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail

2
nights
Anchorage

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cook Inlet and Byron Glacier Trail. Get in touch with nature at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Anchorage, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Whittier, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area and go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner .

Do a combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Whittier
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Crow Creek Mine ©
Crow Creek Mine

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Valdez trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Valdez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Anchorage in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Valdez, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
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Columbia Glacier ©
Columbia Glacier
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

3
nights
Seward

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Holgate Glacier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marathon and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Seward are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Holgate Glacier ©
Holgate Glacier

2
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bishop's Beach Park. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Homer online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park

2
nights
Sitka

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sitka road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Homer to Sitka takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Homer in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Sitka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
St. Michael's Cathedral ©
St. Michael's Cathedral
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, contemplate the long history of State Sreet and Broadway Street, and then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Skagway road trip tool .

Getting from Sitka to Skagway by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Gold Rush Cemetery ©
Gold Rush Cemetery

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 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Hammer Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chilkoot River and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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Getting from Skagway to Haines by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Haines, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hike along Mount Roberts Trail, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then stop by Alaska Knifeworks, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail
Photography Tours
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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