11 days in Alaska Itinerary

11 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 1 night
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Skagway
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Skagway
— 1 night
Fly
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Chicago

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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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and stop by Polar Bear Gifts.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planning website.

Chicago to Anchorage is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Anchorage reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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 2nd (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seward trip builder.

Getting from Anchorage to Seward by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Seward

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Skagway

— 1 night
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Back Alley Rock Shop, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, and finally take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Seward to Skagway takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Juneau route planning tool.

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 7th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail, contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
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.