31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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31 days in Alaska Itinerary

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

3
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, nightlife, theme parks, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks visit planner .

Kansas City to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kansas City to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kansas City in May: high temperatures in Fairbanks hover around 61°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trip

Santa Claus House
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©

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.
Denali National Park and Preserve is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, nightlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, see Off-Road Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
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, steep yourself in history at Oscar Anderson House Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and car from Denali National Park and Preserve to Anchorage takes 7.5 hours. In May in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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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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nights
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: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, and explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seward travel route builder 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. In May, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Pratt Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

Find out how to plan Homer trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Homer are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

3
nights
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: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Juneau trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Homer to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
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 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and finally explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Haines trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. May in Haines sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Skagway.

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 ©
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for adventure, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Skagway travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Skagway are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Sitka.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Harbor Mountain Trail, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Skagway to Sitka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Skagway in May: highs in Sitka hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
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: cast your line with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at The Rain Barrel, take a memorable tour with Tours, and trek along Deer Mountain Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

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