51 days in Alaska Itinerary

51 days in Alaska Itinerary

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51 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Fairbanks
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anchorage
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Homer
— 5 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Seward
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Skagway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Haines
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly + Ferry:  2​h
12
Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

4
nights
Fairbanks

Fairbanks ©
With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
When in Fairbanks, make a side trip to see Chena Hot Springs Resort in Chena Hot Springs, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Aurora Ice Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, and admire the natural beauty at Georgeson Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks trip itinerary maker tool .

Kansas City to Fairbanks is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Fairbanks is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in June, with highs in Fairbanks at 71°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Claus House, Chena Hot Springs Resort
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Denali National Park and Preserve with a short trip to Alaskan War Veterans Memorial in Talkeetna, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 16th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Denali, identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, experience rural life at Dog Gone It, and view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve online route maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Alaskan War Veterans Memorial
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Valdez

Valdez ©
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. Valdez is known for nature, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Chugach National Forest, take in breathtaking views at Keystone Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Columbia Glacier, and explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Valdez trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Valdez takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Valdez can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:
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Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Worthington Glacier ©
Worthington Glacier
Keystone Canyon ©
Keystone Canyon

6
nights
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Valdez to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Seward Hwy
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

5
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Step out of Homer to go to Ninilchik and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Homer vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit

4
nights
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.
Explore Seward's surroundings by going to Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Seward day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Seward sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for adventure, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Skagway online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Skagway in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

4
nights
Haines

Haines ©
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 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkat River, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Haines road trip planner.

You can drive from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve ©
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haines to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Juneau trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Juneau are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
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. Sitka is known for wildlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sitka road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

5
nights
Ketchikan

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: get interesting insight from Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, and get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan tour builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Zipline

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