31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

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Sitka
— 2 nights
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
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Seward
— 3 nights
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
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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. Take a break from the city and head to Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and Alaska Raptor Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sitka Sound Science Center and Baranof Castle State Historical Site. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Herring Cove Trail, and sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sitka day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sitka is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 13 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Sitka hover around 6°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Haines

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Photography Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like American Bald Eagle Foundation and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, see Off-Road Tours, and sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Haines online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Haines takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sitka in December; daily highs in Haines reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eagle Beach and Alaska Powder Descents. Visiting Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, make a trip to Trickster Company, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Juneau sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. You'll discover tucked-away gems like J Bear Tours and Homer Brewing Company. Visiting Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Anchor River State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Homer to Soldotna to see Kenai River Brewing Company about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Homer trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Juneau to Homer in 8 hours. In December in Homer, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seward Boat Harbor and Mt. Marathon. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Resurrection Bay. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seward online route planner.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Seward, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Anchorage

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alyeska Ski Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Woronzof and Earthquake Park. Change things up with a short trip to Independence Mine State Historical Park in Palmer (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of Eagle River Nature, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, and explore the activities along Cook Inlet.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seward in December: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around -4°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Get some cultural insight at Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, admire the majestic nature at Chena River State Recreation Area, and go for a walk through Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks road trip planning website.

Getting from Anchorage to Fairbanks by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Anchorage in December, plan for little chillier days in Fairbanks, with highs around -16°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

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.