16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palmer
— 1 night
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Valdez
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 1 night
Drive
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Denver

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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Homer Spit, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then browse the exhibits of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Norman Lowell Gallery, get all the information you need at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally stroll around Bishop's Beach Park.

Before you visit Homer, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Denver to Homer is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Denver, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Homer, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Palmer.
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Palmer — 1 night

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Knik Glacier Tours, experience rural life at Reindeer Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Musk Ox Farm, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Independence Mine State Historical Park.

Plan trip to Palmer with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Homer to Palmer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Palmer are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Talkeetna.
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Talkeetna — 1 night

Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, then view the masterpieces at The Dancing Leaf Gallery, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Talkeetna day trip website.

You can drive from Palmer to Talkeetna in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valdez.
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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 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier, explore the stunning scenery at Keystone Canyon, and then explore the activities along Valdez Glacier Lake. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Valdez trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Talkeetna to Valdez takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Talkeetna in July, expect nights in Valdez to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Skagway.
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Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 15th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Skagway online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Valdez to Skagway by car takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July in Skagway, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Juneau.
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Juneau — 4 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Roberts Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Juneau road trip planning website.

You can fly from Skagway 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (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. On the 21st (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Alaska Vistas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site.

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You can drive from Juneau to Wrangell in 14 hours. In July in Wrangell, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive 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 22nd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Alaska, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, then explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan online day trip planner.

You can drive from Wrangell to Ketchikan in 7.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for 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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