43 days in Alaska Itinerary

43 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Juneau
— 5 nights
2
Haines
— 5 nights
3
Sitka
— 4 nights
4
Fairbanks
— 6 nights
5
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
6
Palmer
— 3 nights
7
Homer
— 4 nights
8
Seward
— 4 nights
9
Anchorage
— 7 nights

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eaglecrest Ski Area and Mount Roberts Trail. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Alaska Powder Descents, kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, explore and take pictures at Haines Highway, and observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau road trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Juneau is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Juneau, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Juneau is much colder than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Haines Highway
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Eaglecrest Ski Area ©
Eaglecrest Ski Area
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail

5
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haines: Skagway (Alaska Shirt Company - Skagway, Skagway Spirits Distillery, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore the activities along Chilkoot River, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Haines itinerary planner.

Fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Haines can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Skagway
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

4
nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Sitka Sound Science Center and Baranof Castle State Historical Site. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Sitka online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Haines to Sitka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Haines in December; daily highs in Sitka reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
Sitka Sound Science Center ©
Sitka Sound Science Center

6
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoarfrost Distilling and Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Take a break from Fairbanks with a short trip to Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, make a trip to Antler Arch, and find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Sitka to Fairbanks in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, Fairbanks is much colder than Sitka - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Claus House, Chena Hot Springs Resort
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hoarfrost Distilling ©
Hoarfrost Distilling

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, see Off-Road Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Susitna Salmon Center. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Byers Lake and then visit Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna holiday planning site.

You can drive from Fairbanks to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fairbanks in December: high temperatures in Talkeetna hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod
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Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum
Off-Road Tours
Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod ©
Dream a Dream Premier Iditarod

3
nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Hatcher Pass. Step out of Palmer to go to Sutton and see Matanuska Glacier Adventures, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, take an in-depth tour of Colony House Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Matanuska Glacier.

Planning Palmer trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Talkeetna to Palmer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Palmer are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alaska, Bearpaw River Brewing Company, Matanuska Glacier Adventures
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Matanuska Glacier ©
Matanuska Glacier
Horseback Riding Tours
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pratt Museum and Bishop's Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Homer: Soldotna (Soldotna Historical Society, Kenai River Brewing Company, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Dean Family Farm and Art Studios.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer trip app.

Fly from Palmer to Homer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Palmer in December; daily highs in Homer reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Soldotna
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Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park

4
nights
Seward

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Marathon and Resurrection Lutheran Church. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center, get your bearings at Seward Community Library & Museum, take in the waterfront at Miller's Landing, and meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seward online route planner.

Drive from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Seward can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Tours
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Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Miller's Landing ©
Miller's Landing

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Friends of Eagle River Nature and Cook Inlet. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, make a trip to Paint a Scarf Alaska, take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Anchorage itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seward in January, with highs in Anchorage at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:
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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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