16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska Itinerary

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16 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + ferry:  13​h
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Seward
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Ketchikan

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 4th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan journey maker .

Washington DC to Ketchikan is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Washington DC to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in Ketchikan are cooler (66°F), and nights are a bit cooler (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©

1
night
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 6th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sitka trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tracy Arm Fjord. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls and trek along Treadwell Historic Mine Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Juneau driving holiday planner .

Fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Juneau sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

1
night
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get your bearings at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Portage Glacier and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Skagway to Anchorage takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and car; or drive. August in Anchorage sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary ©
Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
Seward

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kenai Fjords National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. On the 14th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Seward online journey maker .

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a train. In August in Seward, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Kachemak Bay State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Homer trip planner .

Getting from Seward to Homer by combination of taxi and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Photography Tours

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