31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
6
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Haines
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
10
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Buffalo

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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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for gifts at Cabin Fever, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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Buffalo to Anchorage is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Buffalo to Anchorage. Traveling from Buffalo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Anchorage: highs are around 25°F and lows about 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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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.
Seward is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seward day trip website .

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anchorage in December, things will get a bit warmer in Seward: highs are around 34°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Step out of Homer to go to Soldotna and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and grab your bike and head to Homer Spit.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Homer road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Homer are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

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Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of Fairbanks to go to Chena Hot Springs and see Chena Hot Springs Resort, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Aurora Ice Museum, make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, and gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Homer to Fairbanks by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Homer in December, with highs in Fairbanks at 7°F and lows at -8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

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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.
Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring at Wonder Lake. Spend the 18th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, and identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fairbanks in December: high temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve hover around 25°F and lows are around 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Wonder Lake ©
Wonder Lake

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

You can plan Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Traveling from Denali National Park and Preserve in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, with lows around 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

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Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and finally sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Haines road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. In December, daytime highs in Haines are 30°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©

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Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, don't miss a visit to Shrine of St Therese, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip planner .

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Sitka

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 26th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, view the masterpieces at Island Artists Gallery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, and finally take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Sitka trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, Sitka is a bit warmer than Juneau - with highs of 42°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, and don't miss a visit to Fish Creek Company.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

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