31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
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Palmer
— 2 nights
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Homer
— 3 nights
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Seward
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
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Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fairbanks trip maker app.

Columbus to Fairbanks is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Fairbanks is minus 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Columbus in October, with highs in Fairbanks at 37°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 5th (Tue), explore the activities along Byers Lake, don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Talkeetna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fairbanks to Talkeetna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fairbanks in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Talkeetna, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Classes
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Palmer

— 2 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Alpine Historical Park, admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, and finally relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, and then take an in-depth tour of Colony House Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmer sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. October in Palmer sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Homer.

Things to do in Palmer

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 10th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery, get a taste of the local shopping with Ptarmigan Arts, and admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Homer holiday maker app.

You can fly from Palmer to Homer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Palmer in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Homer, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seward travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

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.
Spend the 18th (Mon) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, engage your brain at Imaginarium Discovery Center, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anchorage day trip site.

Getting from Seward to Anchorage by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seward in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 32°F in Anchorage. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Haines.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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.
On the 19th (Tue), tee off at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then admire the majestic nature at Chilkat State Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Chilkoot River, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines day trip site.

You can fly from Anchorage to Haines in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 38°F in Haines. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau vacation app.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Juneau, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Ketchikan

— 3 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saxman Native Village, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. October in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Sitka

— 4 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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sitka day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.