32 days in Alaska Itinerary

32 days in Alaska Itinerary

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32 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Skagway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Haines
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
8
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h
9
Palmer
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

Plan my trip to Ketchikan with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Denver to Ketchikan is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Ketchikan to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
The Rain Barrel ©
The Rain Barrel

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. On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, see Off-Road Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sitka trip website .

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May in Sitka, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael's Cathedral ©
St. Michael's Cathedral
Fishing Charters & Tours
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Explore hidden gems such as Davidson Glacier and Moore Cabin. Get in touch with nature at Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail and Upper Dewey Lake. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Yakutania Point, get engrossed in the history at The Mascot Saloon, have some family-friendly fun at Alaska 360, and make a trip to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway online vacation planner .

You can fly from Sitka to Skagway in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Skagway, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Take a break from the city and head to The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Chilkoot River. Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, and get outside with 1st Choice Charters.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Haines journey planner.

You can drive from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Statue of Patsy Ann, the Dog and Juneau-Douglas City Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Eagle Beach. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Best Damn Charters, pause for some photo ops at Empty Chair Memorial, sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and trek along Mount Roberts Trail.

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You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sawyer Glacier ©
Sawyer Glacier
Best Damn Charters ©
Best Damn Charters

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Kachemak Bay State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Seafarer's Memorial. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and kick back and relax at Bishop's Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Homer trip planner .

Getting from Juneau to Homer by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Juneau in May, you will find days in Homer are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, then pause for some photo ops at Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, and finally get outside with Hurricane Turn.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Homer to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. While traveling from Homer, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Talkeetna, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Byers Lake ©
Byers Lake
Talkeetna Historical Society 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.
Visiting Savage River Loop Trail and Mt. Healy Overlook Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kantishna Wilderness Trails and Horseshoe Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and stop by Wild about Denali.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Lake Trail ©
Horseshoe Lake Trail
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead

2
nights
Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. On the 7th (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte, then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, and finally admire the sheer force of Pioneer Falls. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and then examine the collection at Iditarod Headquarters.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Palmer trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Palmer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Palmer, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Iditarod Headquarters, Hatcher Pass
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Bodenburg Butte ©
Bodenburg Butte
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

3
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Worthington Glacier and Chugach National Forest. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier, look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez trip planning app .

Getting from Palmer to Valdez by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June in Valdez, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery ©
The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alyeska Ski Area and Byron Glacier Trail. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Anchorage to go to Cooper Landing and see Russian River Falls, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Beluga Point, go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine, look for all kinds of wild species at Star the Reindeer, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whittier, Russian River Falls
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Russian River Falls ©
Russian River Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Crow Creek Mine ©
Crow Creek Mine

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