41 days in Alaska Itinerary

41 days in Alaska Itinerary

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41 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Homer
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Seward
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
6
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Haines
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Juneau
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h
12
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sacramento

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Take a break from Homer with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Ninilchik, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Homer trip itinerary planner .

Sacramento to Homer is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Homer is minus 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in July: highs in Homer hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

4
nights
Seward

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 Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, and meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daytime highs in Seward are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, head outdoors with G'day Charters, and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Valdez travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Valdez in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

5
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, go deep underground at Crow Creek Mine, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage day trip planning website .

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. When traveling from Valdez in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seward Hwy
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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.
Step out of Denali National Park and Preserve with an excursion to Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, and stroll through Horseshoe Lake Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Denali National Park and Preserve trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of car and train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve in 7.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, look for all kinds of wild species at Large Animal Research Station, find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park, and see the interesting displays at Aurora Ice Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fairbanks online route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. August in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Santa Claus House
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

1
day
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve sightseeing site .

Explore your travel options from Fairbanks to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, explore the activities along Chilkoot River, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get outside with 1st Choice Charters.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. August in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

4
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for adventure, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, have some family-friendly fun at Alaska 360, and examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Skagway journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

4
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau online day trip planner .

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip builder website .

Getting from Juneau to Sitka by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, stroll around Saxman Native Village, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online tour planner .

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

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