60 days in Alaska Itinerary

60 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 4 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 6 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Bus to Seward
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Seward
— 5 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katmai National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 6 nights
Train
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palmer
— 3 nights
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Ketchikan

— 5 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, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, stroll through Misty Fjords National Monument, and browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan online road trip planner.

Atlanta to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. 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 Atlanta to Ketchikan is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in July, you will find days in Ketchikan are colder (65°F), and nights are a bit cooler (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Sitka

— 4 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and hike along Harbor Mountain Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sitka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Sitka sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Juneau

— 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take some stellar pictures from Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway, make a trip to Shrine of St Therese, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Juneau journey planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Haines

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Haines to Hoonah to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, head outdoors with 1st Choice Charters, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Haines day trip planner.

Fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Haines, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for museums, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway travel website.

You can ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Anchorage

— 7 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 30th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 31st (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, and cruise along Seward Hwy.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Anchorage takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Fairbanks.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 31:

Fairbanks

— 5 nights

The Golden Heart City

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 Chena Hot Springs away. Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, make a trip to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point, and stroll through Large Animal Research Station.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks trip planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Valdez.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:

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, take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Valdez online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Fairbanks to Valdez by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Fairbanks in August, you will find days in Valdez are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get engrossed in the history at Chugach Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Holgate Glacier, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Valdez to Seward takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fill the 16th (Tue) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get your bearings at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, appreciate the history behind Seafarer's Memorial, and stroll around Bishop's Beach Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Homer holiday planning site.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Homer

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Katmai National Park and Preserve

— 1 night
The volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to thousands of brown bears who spend their summers fattening up on the plentiful salmon that fill the wilderness area's rivers and streams.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Brooks Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Katmai National Park and Preserve online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Homer to Katmai National Park and Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Denali National Park and Preserve

— 6 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 21st (Sun) exploring at Wonder Lake. Spend the 23rd (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mc Kinley Park Rd. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali, hike along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denali National Park and Preserve planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katmai National Park and Preserve to Denali National Park and Preserve. In August, daytime highs in Denali National Park and Preserve are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 25th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, make a trip to Nagley's Store, then take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Hurricane Turn and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Talkeetna trip builder website.

You can take a train from Denali National Park and Preserve to Talkeetna in 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Palmer

— 3 nights
Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get outside with Knik Glacier Tours, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Independence Mine State Historical Park and then appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Palmer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Talkeetna to Palmer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. August in Palmer sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

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.