16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 1 night
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Orlando

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Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, trek along Deer Mountain Trail, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip planner.

Orlando to Ketchikan is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Orlando to Ketchikan, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in May, with highs in Ketchikan at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Sitka

— 2 nights
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. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then shop like a local with Island Artists Gallery, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fortress of the Bear.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sitka visit planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Juneau attractions planner.

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Skagway

— 1 night
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 17th (Mon), look for gifts at Back Alley Rock Shop, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, and finally view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Skagway, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks

Anchorage

— 3 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, explore and take pictures at Seward Hwy, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Anchorage takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Seward

— 3 nights

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 (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seward vacation planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Seward can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

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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.