13 days in Alaska Itinerary

13 days in Alaska Itinerary

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13 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Haines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Skagway
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Homer
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at The Rain Barrel, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip website .

Los Angeles to Ketchikan is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Los Angeles to Ketchikan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: highs in Ketchikan hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Museums Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
The Rain Barrel ©
The Rain Barrel

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February in Sitka, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

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

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Haines Brewing Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Haines road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Haines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sitka in February, with highs in Haines at 34°F and lows at 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center ©

3
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Get some cultural insight at BearHead Photography Gallery and Trail of '98 Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Yakutania Point and Upper Dewey Lake. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Moore Cabin, get engrossed in the history at The Mascot Saloon, examine the collection at Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History, and make a trip to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Upper Dewey Lake ©
Upper Dewey Lake
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Yakutania Point ©
Yakutania Point

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Beluga Point, trek along Friends of Eagle River Nature, and then fly down the slopes at Alyeska Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Star the Reindeer, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet, then contemplate the long history of Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, and finally stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anchorage road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Skagway to Anchorage in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Skagway in February; daily highs in Anchorage reach 28°F and lows reach 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts ©
Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Virgin Creek Falls Trail ©
Virgin Creek Falls Trail

3
nights
Homer

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Homer Brewing Company, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Homer trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in February; daily highs in Homer reach 36°F and lows reach 25°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©

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