60 days in Olympia & Alaska Itinerary

60 days in Olympia & Alaska Itinerary

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Olympia
— 10 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 1 night
Unknown
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Sitka
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Ferry to Skagway, AK, Fly to Palmer
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Palmer
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Anchorage
— 7 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 4 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 3 nights
Drive
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McCarthy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 5 nights
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Olympia — 10 nights

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympia: Staircase Rapids Nature Trail (in Hoodsport), Olympic National Park (Bunch Creek Falls, Olympic National Park, &more) and Portland (Ira Keller Fountain Park, Powell's City of Books, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum and walk around East Bay Public Plaza.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Olympia online trip maker.

Boston to Olympia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Olympia. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Boston in August since evenings lows in Olympia dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.
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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, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Saxman Native Village, and get outside with Alaska Coastal Quest.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Olympia to Ketchikan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Olympia in August, expect nights in Ketchikan to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) 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 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Wrangell Museum, then explore the activities along Stikine River, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wrangell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ketchikan to Wrangell takes 7.5 hours. In August in Wrangell, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough 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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Herring Cove Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sitka holiday builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wrangell to Sitka. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 6 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
When in Juneau, make a side trip to see Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, approximately Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve away. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau route website.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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.
Take a break from Haines with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hoonah, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, and see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Haines journey planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Haines in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. August in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel 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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then experience rural life at Musk Ox Farm. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on Knik Glacier Tours, appreciate the views at Hatcher Pass, and then admire the majestic nature at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Palmer trip planner.

Getting from Haines to Palmer by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Anchorage.
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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.
Make the 5th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get to know the resident critters at Alaska Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Palmer to Anchorage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Anchorage are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenai Fjords National Park (Exit Glacier & Harding Ice Field Trail). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take an in-depth tour of Seward Community Library & Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seward driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Seward, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 12th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Homer online route builder.

Getting from Seward to Homer by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Valdez.
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Valdez — 3 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: contemplate the waterfront views at Prince William Sound, examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, and explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valdez trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Homer to Valdez takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to McCarthy.
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McCarthy — 2 nights

McCarthy is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Wild Alpine - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): hike along Root Glacier Trail and then go deep underground at Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the McCarthy planning tool.

Drive from Valdez to McCarthy in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in McCarthy when traveling from Valdez in September, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel 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 23rd (Fri) exploring at Wonder Lake. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Savage River Loop Trail, trek along Mt. Healy Overlook Trail, and relax in the rural setting at Dog Gone It.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denali National Park and Preserve day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from McCarthy to Denali National Park and Preserve. In September in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 5 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, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Rocks Trail, get a new perspective on nature at University of Alaska Museum of the North, and identify plant and animal life at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fairbanks trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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