29 days in Alaska Itinerary

29 days in Alaska Itinerary

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1
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
3
Juneau
— 5 nights
4
Valdez
— 2 nights
5
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
6
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
7
Anchorage
— 2 nights
8
Skagway
— 4 nights
9
Haines
— 3 nights

3
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Take a break from the city and head to Snorkel Alaska and Ketchikan Helicopters. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ketchikan Rainbird Trail and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and view the masterpieces at The Rain Barrel.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip builder tool.

Gallup to Ketchikan is an approximately 44.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Gallup to Ketchikan. When traveling from Gallup in May, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Ketchikan Helicopters ©
Ketchikan Helicopters
Snorkel Alaska ©
Snorkel Alaska
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Sitka are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sawyer Glacier. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Roberts Trail and Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, don't miss a visit to St. Nicholas, and trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip itinerary website.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Juneau in May, with highs in Valdez at 49°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Columbia Glacier ©
Columbia Glacier
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, and then appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Talkeetna holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Valdez in May: highs in Talkeetna hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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Hurricane Turn ©
Hurricane Turn
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Savage River Loop Trail and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail. Visiting Denali and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and stop by Wild about Denali.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve route tool.

Take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Off-Road Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then take a tour by water with Portage Glacier Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Chugach State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage takes 8 hours. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Chugach State Park ©
Chugach State Park
Portage Glacier Cruises ©
Portage Glacier Cruises

4
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Take a break from the city and head to Davidson Glacier and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Street and Broadway Street and Skagway Float Tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, and take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Anchorage to Skagway by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May in Skagway, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
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Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point
Skagway Float Tours ©
Skagway Float Tours
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

3
nights
Haines

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and 1st Choice Charters. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and examine the collection at Hammer Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Haines planner.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Haines are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

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