43 days in Alaska Itinerary

43 days in Alaska Itinerary

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1
Wrangell
— 2 nights
2
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
3
Sitka
— 3 nights
4
Juneau
— 5 nights
5
Haines
— 4 nights
6
Palmer
— 2 nights
7
Anchorage
— 11 nights
8
Kodiak Island
— 3 nights
9
Homer
— 3 nights
10
Fairbanks
— 6 nights

2
nights
Wrangell

Wrangell ©
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. On the 30th (Mon), trek along Mt Dewey Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Stikine River, and then examine the collection at Wrangell Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wrangell vacation app.

Houston to Wrangell is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Houston to Wrangell due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in November, expect Wrangell to be much colder, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Wrangell

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site ©
Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Wrangell Museum ©
Wrangell Museum

3
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Totem Bight State Historical Park and Saxman Native Village. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rain Barrel and Dolly's House Museum. There's still lots to do: hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Wrangell to Ketchikan with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

3
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and Baranof Castle State Historical Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sitka Sound Science Center and Starrigavan Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, sample the tasty concoctions at Baranof Island Brewing Company, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sitka trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
Baranof Castle State Historical Site ©
Baranof Castle State Historical Site
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eagle Beach and Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company. Do some cultural sightseeing at Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Alaska Governor’s Mansion. Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Amalga Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Barnaby Brewing Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perseverance National Recreation Trail, and fly down the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In December, Juneau is a bit cooler than Sitka - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls
Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company ©
Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company

4
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Moore Cabin and Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum. Get in touch with nature at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Explore Haines' surroundings by going to Skagway (The Mascot Saloon, Aurora Jewelers, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and make a trip to Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Haines trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Juneau to Haines by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. December in Haines sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Skagway
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

2
nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, thenappreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, thenadmire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bodenburg Butte and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Palmer trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Haines to Palmer in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Haines in December, with highs in Palmer at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatcher Pass, Bearpaw River Brewing Company
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Independence Mine State Historical Park ©
Independence Mine State Historical Park
Bodenburg Butte ©
Bodenburg Butte
Hatcher Pass ©
Hatcher Pass

11
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Friends of Eagle River Nature. Do some cultural sightseeing at Point Woronzof and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Go for a jaunt from Anchorage to Whittier to see Fishing Charters & Tours about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska Zoo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Matanuska Glacier.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Palmer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. December in Anchorage sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kodiak Island.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alaska, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature

3
nights
Kodiak Island

Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak Island boasts a plethora of outdoor activities all year round.
Get some cultural insight at Alutiiq Museum and St. Herman's Chapel. Explore hidden gems such as Kodiak Island Brewing Company and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Main Office, and stroll through Fossil Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kodiak Island day trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Anchorage to Kodiak Island. In December, Kodiak Island is a bit warmer than Anchorage - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Kodiak Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park ©
Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Main Office ©

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Homer Spit. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Winery and Pratt Museum. Step out of Homer with an excursion to Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, identify plant and animal life at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Homer road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kodiak Island to Homer. Traveling from Kodiak Island in January, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Homer. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Anchor River State Recreation Area, Kenai River Brewing Company
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Bear Creek Winery ©
Bear Creek Winery
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

6
nights
Fairbanks

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum and University of Alaska Museum of the North are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Fairbanks to go to Chena Hot Springs and see Chena Hot Springs Resort, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Hoarfrost Distilling, sample the tasty concoctions at Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co., deepen your understanding at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and appreciate the history behind Felix Pedro Monument.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks vacation planner.

You can fly from Homer to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Homer in January, expect Fairbanks to be much colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chena Hot Springs Resort, Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co., Santa Claus House
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

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