40 days in Alaska Itinerary

40 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska vacation planner

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

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Go for a jaunt from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs to see Chena Hot Springs Resort about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, stop by Santa Claus House, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks online trip itinerary maker.

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Fairbanks is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Guayaquil to Fairbanks due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guayaquil in October, expect Fairbanks to be much colder, temps between 37°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Side Trips

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Anchorage

— 6 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 14th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 17th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Anchorage road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Fairbanks to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Anchorage is somewhat warmer than Fairbanks - with highs of 45°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Trails
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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 (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Seward day trip website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Explore Homer's surroundings by going to Soldotna (Soldotna Historical Society & Kenai River Brewing Company). Fill the 25th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Ptarmigan Arts, and stroll through Homer Spit.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Palmer.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Palmer

— 3 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. When in Palmer, make a side trip to see Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla, approximately Wasilla away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Palmer trip planner.

Getting from Homer to Palmer by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Homer in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 31°F in Palmer. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valdez holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Palmer to Valdez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Palmer in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Valdez, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, get outside with Sawyer Glacier, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Juneau road trip planner.

Fly from Valdez to Juneau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Juneau are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Hammer Museum, stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. On your second day here, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then have fun and explore at Junior Ranger Activity Center.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines route maker site.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November in Haines, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gustavus.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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Gustavus

— 1 night
Gustavus is a second-class city in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 7th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bartlett Cove.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gustavus online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haines to Gustavus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Gustavus

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Sitka

— 3 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, get engrossed in the history at Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gustavus to Sitka. Traveling from Gustavus in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sitka, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Saxman Native Village, cast your line with a fishing tour, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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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.