45 days in Alaska Itinerary

45 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Bus to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Fly to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 5 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Haines, Ferry to Skagway
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Glacier Highway and Shell Simmons Drive
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
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Anchorage

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.
Spend the 19th (Sat) on the rails with a train tour. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anchorage route maker app.

Charlotte to Anchorage is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Anchorage, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in June, plan for much colder days in Anchorage, with highs around 66°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

4
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Seward

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seward road trip website.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Anchorage in June, you will find days in Seward are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

3
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Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Fill the 26th (Sat) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Homer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in Homer sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

4
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Fairbanks

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: shop like a local with University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, and sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Homer to Fairbanks takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Homer in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fairbanks, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

5
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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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and stroll through Savage River Loop Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. July in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

2
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Talkeetna

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 8th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Dancing Leaf Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop, then explore the activities along Byers Lake, then appreciate the history behind Alaskan War Veterans Memorial, and finally head outdoors with Hurricane Turn.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna takes 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Talkeetna can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

2
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Valdez

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, then take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum and then take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Talkeetna to Valdez in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Talkeetna in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Valdez, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Valdez

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

4
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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at Alaska Artworks.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway online road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Valdez to Skagway in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

3
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Haines

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.
When in Haines, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah, approximately Hoonah away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkat River.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Haines travel planning site.

Getting from Skagway to Haines by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

5
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Juneau

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and get engrossed in the history at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

4
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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saxman Native Village, and identify plant and animal life at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

3
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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Island Artists Gallery, then meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sitka online holiday builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.