44 days in Alaska Itinerary

44 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whittier
— 1 night
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 5 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 3 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to Kodiak Island
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Kodiak Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 1 night
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petersburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Miami

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Anchorage

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip itinerary planning website.

In June in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your trip

Seward

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Holgate Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward day trip planner.

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Anchorage, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Homer Spit and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Norman Lowell Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Homer trip planner.

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whittier.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Whittier

— 1 night
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. state of Alaska, about 58 miles southeast of Anchorage. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whittier trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Homer to Whittier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Whittier

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 5 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 the city and head to Denali and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 11th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring at Wonder Lake. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, hike along Savage River Loop Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve route planner.

Getting from Whittier to Denali National Park and Preserve by train takes about 10 hours. When traveling from Whittier in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denali National Park and Preserve, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, identify plant and animal life at Large Animal Research Station, steep yourself in history at Alaskan Pipeline, and look for gifts at Santa Claus House.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Fairbanks day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. July in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to McCarthy.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

McCarthy

— 2 nights
McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Wild Alpine - Day Tours and Root Glacier Trail. The adventure continues: go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark.

Plan a McCarthy trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Fairbanks to McCarthy in 8 hours. Traveling from Fairbanks in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in McCarthy, with lows of 9°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Valdez.

Things to do in McCarthy

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Valdez

— 3 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 21st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Valdez Glacier Lake, then explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Valdez tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from McCarthy to Valdez by car takes about 4.5 hours. July in Valdez sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kodiak Island.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Kodiak Island

— 3 nights
Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak Island boasts a plethora of outdoor activities all year round.
Take a break from the city and head to Fish N' Chips Charters and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alutiiq Museum and Kodiak Military History Museum. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Main Office and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kodiak Island Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kodiak Island road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Valdez to Kodiak Island with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Kodiak Island are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Juneau.

Things to do in Kodiak Island

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, then observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kodiak Island to Juneau in 5.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

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 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haines Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then get outside with 1st Choice Charters, then see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Haines trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 31st (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of The Mascot Saloon, then steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Skagway trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In July in Skagway, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Sitka.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

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. Visiting Alaska Raptor Center and Herring Cove Trail will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and Russian Bishop's House. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Classic Casting Adventures, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and trek along Harbor Mountain Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sitka online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Sitka in 5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Petersburg

— 2 nights
Petersburg is a census-designated place in Petersburg Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Clausen Memorial Museum and then paddle through the water with Alaska Passages. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Stikine-Leconte Wilderness.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Petersburg trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sitka to Petersburg. August in Petersburg sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wrangell.

Things to do in Petersburg

Wildlife · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Wrangell

— 2 nights
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site, then identify plant and animal life at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, and then hike along Mt Dewey Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Wrangell Museum, explore the activities along Stikine River, then catch all the local highlights with Alaska Vistas, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wrangell road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Petersburg to Wrangell in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Wrangell are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Wrangell

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. On the next day, shop like a local with Alaska Stone Art, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wrangell to Ketchikan. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

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.

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve travel guide

4.7
World heritage site · National Parks · Hiking Trails
America's Largest National Park
The glaciers and icefields of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to shape its landscape, which stretches from cloud-shrouded peaks to the waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The park's 53,320 sq km (20,587 sq mi) area is larger than Switzerland, while 5,489 m (18,008 ft) Mt. St. Elias stands as the second-highest peak in the United States. The park is far from other mainstream Alaska attractions, so it offers visitors the chance to really experience "Wild Alaska," including massive glaciers and ice-fed rivers. The mountains, meadows, forests, rivers, lakes, and coast serve up plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, rafting, mountaineering, hunting, and sea kayaking. The park prides itself on offering plenty of genuine wilderness and therefore limits the facilities it offers, so you'll need to be prepared with supplies.