56 days in Alaska Itinerary

56 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska route planner

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Anchorage
— 9 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 5 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
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Fairbanks
— 5 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
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Glacier View
— 3 nights
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Valdez
— 2 nights
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Haines
— 3 nights
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Hoonah
— 1 night
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Juneau
— 6 nights
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Sitka
— 5 nights
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Ketchikan
— 6 nights

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Anchorage

— 9 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 20th (Sun) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip site.

Austin to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Austin in June, expect Anchorage to be much colder, temps between 66°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 24:

Seward

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). On the 25th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor, and explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seward trip maker tool.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Anchorage in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seward: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:

Homer

— 4 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. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, walk around Bishop's Beach Park, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Homer sightseeing planner.

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Homer sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, deepen your understanding at Large Animal Research Station, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and get in on the family fun at Pioneer Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Homer to Fairbanks takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Homer in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Fairbanks, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:

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 11th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve online holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 6 hours. Other options are to 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. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Glacier View.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Glacier View

— 3 nights
Glacier View is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Glacier View is known for adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Matanuska Glacier.

Plan trip to Glacier View with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Denali National Park and Preserve to Glacier View with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Glacier View are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Glacier View

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then identify plant and animal life at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Valdez route maker website.

You can drive from Glacier View to Valdez in 4 hours. When traveling from Glacier View in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valdez: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Haines.

Things to do in Valdez

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

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.
Explore Haines' surroundings by going to Skagway (Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, Climbing Tours, &more). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Haines sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Valdez to Haines in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hoonah.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Hoonah

— 1 night
Hoonah is a largely Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, located in Alaska's panhandle in the southeast region of the state. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yaakw Kahidi Cultural Center and then sample the tasty concoctions at Icy Strait Brewing.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoonah tour builder website.

Fly from Haines to Hoonah in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Hoonah

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Juneau

— 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and make a trip to Shrine of St Therese.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau road trip planning site.

Fly from Hoonah to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Juneau sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:

Sitka

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, get outside with S.E. Alaska Outdoor Adventures, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sitka day trip planning site.

Fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:

Ketchikan

— 6 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: cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, walk around Saxman Native Village, and take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. August in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F at night.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:

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.