15 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Drive to Whitehorse / Erik Nielsen International Airport, Fly to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Drive to Seward
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Seward
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
Train to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 1 night
Fly
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights

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Seward — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, and finally explore the activities along Resurrection Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seward online trip itinerary maker.

Tagish, Canada to Seward is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tagish to Seward. While traveling from Tagish, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seward, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anchorage.
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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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, admire all the interesting features of Seward Hwy, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage online travel route planner.

Getting from Seward to Anchorage by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 1 night

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at University of Alaska Museum of the North, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Pioneer Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks online road trip planner.

Fly from Anchorage to Fairbanks in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Fairbanks sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then experience rural life at Dog Gone It. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder website.

You can fly from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and Preserve in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denali National Park and Preserve to Juneau in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Juneau are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Skagway.
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Skagway — 1 night

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with BearHead Photography Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, then examine the collection at The Mascot Saloon, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Skagway route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sitka.
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Sitka — 1 night

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 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sitka trip website.

Fly from Skagway to Sitka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Skagway in May: highs in Sitka hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 25th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, then steep yourself in history at Saxman Native Village, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at Alaska Stone Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, stroll around Potlatch Totem Park, then contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel 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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