12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + ferry:  10​h 30​min
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Haines
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Homer
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 3rd (Sun), examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum and then trek along Deer Mountain Trail. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan travel itinerary planner.

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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in May; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors Museums Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Caribou Creek Company ©
Caribou Creek Company

2
nights
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. On the 6th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sitka route planner .

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Sitka are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum
St. Michael's Cathedral ©
St. Michael's Cathedral
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Hammer Museum and Skagway Museum and Archives will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and State Sreet and Broadway Street. Take a break from Haines with a short trip to Gold Rush Cemetery in Skagway, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, and sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Haines day trip planner .

You can fly from Sitka to Haines in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Haines can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Skagway
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, stop by Caribou Crossings, and then trek along Mount Roberts Trail. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, shop like a local with Wild about Denali, then look for all kinds of wild species at Savage River Loop Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Nicholas.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Juneau trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. May in Juneau sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Denali National Park and Preserve
Highlights from your plan
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company ©
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bishop's Beach Park.

Make your Homer itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Traveling from Juneau in May, you will find days in Homer are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park

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