28 days in Vancouver & Alaska Itinerary

28 days in Vancouver & Alaska Itinerary

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28 days in Vancouver & Alaska Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  18​h
1
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + Ferry:  6​h 45​min
2
Ketchikan, United States
— 4 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h
3
Sitka, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Juneau, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Haines, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Homer, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Fairbanks, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Valdez, United States
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Anchorage, United States
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Get in touch with nature at Granville Island and English Bay Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Anthropology and Gastown. Change things up with a short trip to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Vancouver Biennale, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain, and stroll around Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip itinerary maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Vancouver is minus 18 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: highs in Vancouver hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Lighthouse Park
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Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

4
nights
Ketchikan, United States

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Let the collections at Totem Heritage Center and Dolly's House Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Totem Bight State Historical Park and Creek Street are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, hike along Deer Mountain Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Stone Art, and get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Vancouver to Ketchikan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Ketchikan. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Vancouver in May, with highs in Ketchikan at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

2
nights
Sitka, United States

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On the next day, see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sitka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Juneau, United States

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Zipline

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve online journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

2
nights
Haines, United States

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then take an in-depth tour of Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, then sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company, and then examine the collection at Hammer Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Haines visit site .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©

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Homer, United States

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Museum-lovers will get to explore Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Art Shop Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Homer Spit and Bishop's Beach Park. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Homer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. June in Homer sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

3
nights
Fairbanks, United States

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and Fairbanks Community Museum. Go for a jaunt from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs to see Chena Hot Springs Resort about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at University of Alaska Museum of the North and examine the collection at Fairbanks Ice Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks road trip planner.

You can fly from Homer to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Homer in June, you will find days in Fairbanks are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trip

Chena Hot Springs Resort
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Valdez, United States

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valdez travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Fairbanks in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Museums Parks Nature
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Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum ©
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

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nights
Anchorage, United States

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.
Get outdoors at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Jewish Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, learn more about the world around you at Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and shop like a local with Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Anchorage are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

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