45 days in Alaska Itinerary

45 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly
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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
— 1 night
Shuttle to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 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
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 7 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Miami

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Fairbanks

— 4 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, gain insight at Large Animal Research Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Rocks Trail, and sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fairbanks day trip website.

Miami to Fairbanks is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. When traveling from Miami in June, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Fairbanks: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage Alpine Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Denali, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wild about Denali.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder app.

Getting from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Talkeetna route maker tool.

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 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) to allow time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. On the 10th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Valdez online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Talkeetna to Valdez in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Talkeetna in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). On the 12th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seward planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Seward sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Fill the 18th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Homer sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Homer, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Anchorage

— 5 nights

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 21st (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage day trip planner.

Getting from Homer to Anchorage by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Anchorage are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Skagway vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Skagway takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Haines

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, explore the activities along Chilkat River, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Haines trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Haines are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, trek along Gold Creek Flume Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear, and head outdoors with Classic Casting Adventures.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sitka online visit planner.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

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

Ketchikan

— 7 nights

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, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and get outside with Alaska Coastal Quest.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ketchikan travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 12:

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.