13 days in Alaska & Seattle Itinerary

13 days in Alaska & Seattle Itinerary

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13 days in Alaska & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Juneau
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h
5
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  4​h
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Chugach National Forest. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alaska Native Heritage Center and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, get engrossed in the history at The Roundhouse at Alyeska, take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop, and steep yourself in history at Oscar Anderson House Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anchorage tour itinerary tool .

Los Angeles to Anchorage is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Anchorage. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get colder in Anchorage: highs are around 57°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Northern Passages and Glacier Bay. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Juneau Artist's Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Juneau are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline

1
night
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sitka trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Sitka with the Route module. In October in Sitka, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 5th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, then explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Ketchikan

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Murhut Falls and Alki Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Change things up with a short trip to Hood Canal in Olympic National Park (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle road trip app .

Getting from Ketchikan to Seattle by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ketchikan in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Seattle: highs are around 63°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Murhut Falls ©
Murhut Falls

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