44 days in Alaska Itinerary

44 days in Alaska Itinerary

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44 days in Alaska Itinerary

Kalamazoo
Fly:  12​h
Ketchikan
— 5 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Haines
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
Anchorage
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Seward
— 5 nights
bus:  8​h 15​min
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
Kalamazoo

5
days
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll explore and learn at Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Misty Fjords National Monument. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, get interesting insight from Tours, head off the coast to Revillagigedo Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan online route planner .

Kalamazoo to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kalamazoo in May; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 56°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sitka.

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Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

2
days
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly New Archangel while under Russian rule (; or, t ''''), 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 23rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, get engrossed in the history at Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fortress of the Bear, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sitka online day trip planner .

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. May in Sitka sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haines.

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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
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Sheldon Jackson Museum
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

5
days
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Explore Haines' surroundings by going to Skagway (Skagway Alaska Downtown & Zipline) and Bartlett Cove (in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, explore the activities along Chilkat River, and see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum.

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Fly from Sitka to Haines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. May in Haines sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

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Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Chilkat River ©
Chilkat River
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum

5
days
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get outdoors at Tracy Arm Fjord and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, get engrossed in the history at Last Chance Mining Museum, and explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Juneau trip maker tool .

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©

2
days
Homer

Homer
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then get all the information you need at Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, then stop by Coal Point Trading Co, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Homer online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Anchorage.

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Kachemak Bay State Park
Kachemak Bay State Park
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center ©
Pratt Museum
Pratt Museum

8
days
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.
Get outdoors at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, take in the dramatic natural features at Portage Glacier, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anchorage trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Homer to Anchorage by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Homer in June, you will find days in Anchorage are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seward.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum
Anchorage Museum

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Seward with an excursion to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in June; daily highs in Seward reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denali National Park and Preserve.

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Exit Glacier
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Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Kenai Fjords National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
days
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.
Visiting Denali and Savage Alpine Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 23rd (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead and take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Seward to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Seward in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Denali National Park and Preserve, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fairbanks.

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5
days
Fairbanks

Fairbanks
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
University of Alaska Museum of the North and Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: stop by Santa Claus House, get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park, view the masterpieces at Alaska House Art Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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