11 days in Alaska Itinerary

11 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
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Homer
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 1 night
Drive
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Anchorage
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip planner.

Tampa to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Tampa to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in July, things will get colder in Ketchikan: highs are around 65°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, then don't miss a visit to Trickster Company, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Homer

— 1 night
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 20th (Mon), get answers to all your questions at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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

You can do a combination of flight and car from Juneau to Homer in 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward road trip planner.

Getting from Homer to Seward by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Seward, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Anchorage

— 4 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.
You've now added Chugach Outdoor Center to your itinerary. Attractions like Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chugach National Forest, and stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Seward to Anchorage takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
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.