49 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Bus to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Seattle, Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 1 night
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
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
— 4 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 4 nights
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Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Bus to Port Angeles

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Ketchikan — 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with a fishing tour, head outdoors with Alaska Coastal Quest, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan online route planner.

Port Angeles to Ketchikan is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, ferry, and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Angeles to Ketchikan is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Port Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ketchikan, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wrangell.
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Wrangell — 1 night

The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wrangell road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ketchikan to Wrangell takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sitka.
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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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, hike along Herring Cove Trail, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fortress of the Bear, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wrangell to Sitka. In August, daytime highs in Sitka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable ride with Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Juneau vacation planner.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. August in Juneau sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Haines.
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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.
Step out of Haines with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and explore the activities along Chilkoot River.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Haines online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Skagway.
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Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 18th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Skagway journey builder.

Ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 6 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.
Make the 25th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, cruise along Seward Hwy, and identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

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Getting from Skagway to Anchorage by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seward side-trips: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seward trip maker.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Seward, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Homer.
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Homer — 3 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 1st (Thu) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Homer trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Homer are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Palmer.
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Palmer — 2 nights

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Hatcher Pass and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Independence Mine State Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Knik Glacier Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Palmer holiday app.

Fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Palmer, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 2 nights

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the activities along Byers Lake. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Nagley's Store, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally learn something new at Aurora Dora.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Talkeetna tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Palmer to Talkeetna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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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 10th (Sat) exploring at Wonder Lake. Spend the 8th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage River Loop Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Talkeetna to Denali National Park and Preserve takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Denali National Park and Preserve sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Fairbanks.
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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.
Fairbanks is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, identify plant and animal life at Large Animal Research Station, and admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fairbanks trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Fairbanks can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Valdez.
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Valdez — 4 nights

Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Valdez is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Prince William Sound, explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Valdez online day trip planner.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, Valdez is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sun).
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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.
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