45 days in Alaska Itinerary

45 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Anchorage
— 5 nights
Train
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 4 nights
Fly to Denali Park Village Lodge - Alaska, Bus to Fairbanks
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
Bus to The Hub - Glennallen, AK, Shuttle to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Ferry to Whittier, Drive to Seward
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ninilchik
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whittier
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
— 2 nights
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Wrangell
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Miami

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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.
Let the collections at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Jewish Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Native Heritage Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Anchorage: Palmer (Knik Glacier Tours & Pioneer Falls). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, and hike along Friends of Eagle River Nature.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage route app.

Miami to Anchorage is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In July, Anchorage is cooler than Miami - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Denali Adventure Tours as well as Denali Tundra Tours. Get outdoors at Denali and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 15th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage River Loop Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Wild about Denali, and trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

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Traveling by train from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Fairbanks

— 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aurora Ice Museum as well as Gold Daughters Alaska. On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Aurora Ice Museum and then explore the activities along Chena River State Recreation Area. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then enjoy some diversion at Gold Daughters Alaska, and then contemplate the long history of Alaskan Pipeline.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Prince William Sound and The Solomon Gulch Hatchery. It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest and take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valdez trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Fairbanks, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Valdez, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Seward

— 3 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.
Kenai Fjords Tours has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and Resurrection Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, hike along Tonsina Creek Trail, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ninilchik.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Ninilchik

Ninilchik is a census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ninilchik trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seward to Ninilchik by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You will leave for Homer on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Ninilchik

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Your list of things to see and do now includes Kayaking & Canoeing, North Country Charters, Bear Creek Winery, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Bunnell Street Arts Center. Escape the urban bustle at Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay State Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Anchor River State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Homer trip maker website.

Getting from Ninilchik to Homer by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Homer are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Whittier.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Whittier

— 2 nights
Whittier is a city at the head of the Passage Canal in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): trek along Portage Pass Trail, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Whittier Harbor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Whittier trip website.

You can drive from Homer to Whittier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Whittier are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Whittier

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum and Skagway Museum and Archives are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate BearHead Photography Gallery and Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Skagway Spirits Distillery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway tour planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Whittier to Skagway takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Skagway when traveling from Whittier in August, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
Takshanuk Mountain Trail by 4x4 has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and Hammer Museum. Visiting Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and The Kroschel Wildlife Center will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, play a few rounds at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range, see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, and sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Haines trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord. Step out of Juneau with an excursion to Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, identify plant and animal life at Steep Creek, and head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Juneau, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:

Sitka

— 2 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. On the 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get engrossed in the history at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House and then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August in Sitka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wrangell.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Wrangell

— 2 nights
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, then trek along Mt Dewey Trail, and then stroll through Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Alaska Vistas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at Wrangell Museum, and finally explore the activities along Stikine River.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wrangell online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sitka to Wrangell. August in Wrangell sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Wrangell

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Ketchikan

— 5 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Popular historic sites such as Creek Street and Totem Heritage Center are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and Alaska Stone Art. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Wrangell to Ketchikan with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:

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.