37 days in Alaska Itinerary

37 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
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Ketchikan

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, stroll around Saxman Native Village, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip itinerary website.

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Ketchikan at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Island Artists Gallery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, then get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, and finally contemplate the long history of Sitka Lutheran Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitka online travel route planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Sitka are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Shrine of St Therese, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau holiday planning website.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

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.
Take a break from Haines with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Haines road trip planning website.

Getting from Juneau to Haines by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, hike along Upper Dewey Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Skagway road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Skagway are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 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 (Fri) on the rails with a train tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, admire all the interesting features of Seward Hwy, and steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage online journey planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park to see Exit Glacier about 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary website.

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anchorage in June: highs in Seward hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Homer vacation maker.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Denali National Park and Preserve with a short trip to Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail, stop by Wild about Denali, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Homer in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denali National Park and Preserve, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fairbanks day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Alaska travel guide

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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.