31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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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
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Taxi to Wasilla, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
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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: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan tour itinerary planner.

Knoxville to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Ketchikan is minus 4 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Knoxville in August: highs in Ketchikan hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.
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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

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 21st (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, and finally stroll through Herring Cove Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka driving holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Haines.
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Haines — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, then sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Haines online day trip planner.

Fly from Sitka to Haines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Anchorage — 5 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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner.

Fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Seward.
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Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:

Seward — 3 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.
Step out of Seward to go to Kenai Fjords National Park and see Exit Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seward trip website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Homer.
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Homer — 3 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 8th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, and get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Homer road trip planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Homer, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Palmer.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

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 9th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bearpaw River Brewing Company, then surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palmer online holiday builder.

Fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve road trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Palmer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Fairbanks.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Fairbanks — 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, shop like a local with Santa Claus House, and see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip planner.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

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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