23 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Drive
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Wrangell
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry to Haines, AK, Fly to Homer
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Homer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 4 nights
Train to Anchorage, Fly to Austin

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Ketchikan — 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 24th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and then hike along Deer Mountain Trail. On the next day, get interesting insight from Snorkel Alaska, explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, then get answers to all your questions at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and finally stop by Caribou Creek Company.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip app.

Austin to Ketchikan is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Austin in August; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 66°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Wrangell.
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Wrangell — 2 nights

The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 26th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with Alaska Vistas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Wrangell Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wrangell trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ketchikan to Wrangell takes 7.5 hours. August in Wrangell sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sitka.
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Sitka — 1 night

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 28th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sitka day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Wrangell to Sitka with the Route module. In August in Sitka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Roberts Trail and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and Eagle Beach. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Haines.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Chilkoot River. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.
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Skagway — 4 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Rush Cemetery and BearHead Photography Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail and Yakutania Point. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Trail of '98 Museum, stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, and don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Skagway online travel planner.

Getting from Haines to Skagway by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or fly. In September in Skagway, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Homer.
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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 8th (Thu), shop like a local with Norman Lowell Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Ptarmigan Arts, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): see what you can catch with Brooks Alaskan Adventures, take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip planner.

Getting from Skagway to Homer by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. September in Homer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Palmer.
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Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, and then experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Palmer trip planning site.

You can fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 4 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Aurora Dora and Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Denali State Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Talkeetna trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Palmer to Talkeetna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Talkeetna sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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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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