18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wrangell
— 1 night
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valdez
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fairbanks
— 1 night
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
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Bus to Soldotna Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce, Taxi to Kenai, Fly to Dallas

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan tour planning site.

Dallas to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In August, Ketchikan is much colder than Dallas - with highs of 66°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow 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 20th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with Alaska Vistas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site.

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Drive from Ketchikan to Wrangell in 7.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel 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 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka vacation builder.

Explore your travel options from Wrangell to Sitka with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 22nd (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip itinerary builder tool.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly 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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at The Solomon Gulch Hatchery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Worthington Glacier and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valdez vacation builder site.

You can fly from Juneau to Valdez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fairbanks road trip planner.

Fly from Valdez to Fairbanks in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Valdez in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fairbanks: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Beluga Point, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner.

Fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Seward.
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Seward — 3 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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Harding Ice Field Trail will get you outdoors. Step out of Seward to go to Kenai Fjords National Park and see Exit Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Holgate Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seward trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Seward takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Seward are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Homer Spit, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Homer trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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