10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

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10 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + ferry:  10​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Homer
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + train:  7​h 15​min
7
Denali National Park and Preserve
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel route builder app .

Detroit to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in Ketchikan hover around 65°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Zipline

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Sitka, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, and finally stop by Back Alley Rock Shop.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Skagway route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Skagway takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, then make a trip to St. Nicholas, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau online tour planner .

Getting from Skagway to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Adventure
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Zipline
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls

1
day
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Homer vacation planning tool .

You can fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. July in Homer sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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 8th (Mon): stop by Cabin Fever, then grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Anchorage sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail

1
day
Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve ©
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.
On the 9th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Husky Homestead, view the masterpieces at Wild about Denali, and then take in the awesome beauty at Denali.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip planner .

Getting from Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve by combination of car and train takes about 7.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Denali National Park and Preserve can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denali National Park and Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Husky Homestead ©
Husky Homestead
Denali ©
Denali

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