34 days in Alaska Itinerary

34 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Philadelphia

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Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Pratt Museum and Bunnell Street Arts Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Norman Lowell Gallery. Fill the 13th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ptarmigan Arts, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, look for all kinds of wild species at J Bear Tours, and walk around Bishop's Beach Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Homer trip maker site.

Philadelphia to Homer is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Homer, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Palmer.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours
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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 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodenburg Butte and then surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park and then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmer trip maker.

You can fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Valdez

— 3 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Get a sense of the local culture at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive and Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Keystone Canyon and The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valdez online day trip planner.

Getting from Palmer to Valdez by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
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Talkeetna

— 3 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aurora Dora and Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod. Change things up with a short trip to Denali State Park in Trapper Creek (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Hurricane Turn, and explore the activities along Byers Lake.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. In June in Talkeetna, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and Imaginarium Discovery Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Friends of Eagle River Nature and Kayaking & Canoeing. Go for a jaunt from Anchorage to Whittier to see Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Botanical Garden, cruise along Seward Hwy, don't miss a visit to Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Talkeetna to Anchorage by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Get a sense of the local culture at State Street and Broadway Street and Moore Cabin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Davidson Glacier and Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Trail of '98 Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, make a trip to Gold Rush Cemetery, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Skagway route maker app.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Skagway, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and Hammer Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Haines travel route planning site.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. July in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Juneau

— 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Photography Tours. Take a break from Juneau with a short trip to Cross Sound Express Whale Watching in Gustavus, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Best Damn Charters, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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. On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): get curious at Sitka Sound Science Center and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sitka road trip planning site.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, then learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, and finally trek along Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Snorkel Alaska, and then hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails
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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.