60 days in Alaska & Washington State Itinerary

60 days in Alaska & Washington State Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 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
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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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
— 3 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Seattle
— 6 nights
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Seattle Clipper Terminal, Fly to Sao Paulo

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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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Totem Heritage Center, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan trip itinerary planning website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Ketchikan is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, expect nights in Ketchikan to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

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. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get outside with Classic Casting Adventures.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sitka driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Sitka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Haines

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then explore the activities along Chilkoot River. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, then admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Haines holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Haines takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Go for a jaunt from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to see Bartlett Cove about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and catch a ride on Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Juneau day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Haines to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

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 18th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Spend the 20th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 20:

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 (Harding Ice Field Trail & Exit Glacier). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seward day trip planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Seward are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 25th (Thu) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, and get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Homer attractions planning site.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

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 1st (Thu) exploring at Wonder Lake. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It, trek along Savage Alpine Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Mt. Healy Overlook Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denali National Park and Preserve day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:

Fairbanks

— 3 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Georgeson Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Santa Claus House, and gain insight at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fairbanks online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September in Fairbanks, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Valdez

— 3 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Valdez is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Prince William Sound, explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest, get outside with G'day Charters, LLC, and explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Valdez online trip builder.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Valdez in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Valdez, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Valdez

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Mount Rainier National Park

— 5 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Discover Nature. On the 10th (Sat), hike the day away at Camp Muir Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Skyline Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Paradise Valley, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, and admire the sheer force of Comet Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park road trip planning website.

You can fly from Valdez to Mount Rainier National Park in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valdez to Mount Rainier National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Valdez in September: highs in Mount Rainier National Park hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Olympic National Park

— 7 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, explore the activities along Hoh River, and explore and take pictures at Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park travel route tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. September in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 19:

Seattle

— 6 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Dedicate the 23rd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll through Alki Beach, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Seattle with the Route module. Traveling from Olympic National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 3 nights
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Go for a jaunt from Friday Harbor to Eastsound to see Orcas Island Pottery about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, wander the wide-open spaces of Horseshu Guest Ranch, and relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Friday Harbor. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.