17 days in Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 5 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
— 2 nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
— 3 nights



— 5 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park as well as Sawyer Glacier. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Juneau planning app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Juneau. August in Juneau sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will leave for Ketchikan on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip


— 4 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: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, and stroll around Saxman Native Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours


— 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sitka trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

— 2 nights
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Spirit of Adventure has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Spirit of Adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

Before you visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sitka to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Haines.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip


— 3 nights

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haines: Skagway (Climbing Tours, Skagway Alaska Downtown, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Haines planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Haines. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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.