17 days in Seattle & Alaska Itinerary

17 days in Seattle & Alaska Itinerary

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17 days in Seattle & Alaska Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Ketchikan
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  6​h
3
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. For shopping fun, head to Chihuly Garden and Glass or Nordstrom. Step out of Seattle to go to Olympic National Park and see Mount Walker, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary builder app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Seattle is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to Seattle. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect nights in Seattle to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Walker
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Popular historic sites such as Totem Bight State Historical Park and Saxman Native Village are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Rotary Beach and Misty Fjords National Monument. Spend the 12th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, and stroll through Deer Mountain Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Seattle to Ketchikan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Ketchikan. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in May; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Mascot Saloon, examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, admire all the interesting features of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Skagway vacation builder app .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Skagway in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. May in Skagway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skagway Museum and Archives ©
Skagway Museum and Archives

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ©

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night
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Juneau-Douglas City Museum, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, then make a trip to St. Nicholas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Juneau trip maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Juneau. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Juneau-Douglas City Museum ©
Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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Seattle

Seattle ©
On the 18th (Mon), walk around Discovery Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bloedel Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Green Lake Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, then stroll through Woodland Park Zoo, and finally walk around Golden Gardens Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Seattle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Juneau in May, with highs in Seattle at 23°C and lows at 13°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Bloedel Reserve
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Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum
Discovery Park ©
Discovery Park

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