31 days in Alaska Itinerary

31 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 3 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 3 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Shuttle to Talkeetna
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Talkeetna
— 2 nights
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Anchorage

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Friends of Eagle River Nature. Step off the beaten path and head to Cook Inlet and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Anchorage. In July, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Skagway Museum and Archives and Trail of '98 Museum. Visit State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery for their historical value. The adventure continues: trek along Upper Dewey Lake, stroll through Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, and make a trip to Lower Reid Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Skagway travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Skagway in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Skagway sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and 1st Choice Charters. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hammer Museum and American Bald Eagle Foundation. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the masterpieces at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, stroll through Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Haines trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Juneau

— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Roberts Trail and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Eagle Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Best Damn Charters, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Juneau holiday builder app.

Getting from Haines to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. July in Juneau sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Totem Bight State Historical Park. Appreciate the collections at Totem Heritage Center and Dolly's House Museum. There's much more to do: get advice or help at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, and take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sitka sightseeing site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Sitka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Homer.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Homer

— 4 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Pratt Museum and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Bear Creek Winery. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company, stroll through Diamond Creek Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sitka to Homer in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

Seward

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse the collection at Seward Community Library & Museum and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Marathon, explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then stroll through Harding Ice Field Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seward using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Seward are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Valdez

— 2 nights
Valdez, is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Worthington Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valdez trip planner.

Getting from Seward to Valdez by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Valdez sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Valdez

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Talkeetna

— 2 nights
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Byers Lake and then get outside with Hurricane Turn.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Valdez to Talkeetna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. In July, daytime highs in Talkeetna are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.