5 days in Alaska Itinerary

5 days in Alaska Itinerary

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5 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  2​h
3
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
night
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau road trip planning tool .

Denver to Juneau is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in September, you will find days in Juneau are cooler (57°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay ©
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay

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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then admire all the interesting features of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ketchikan sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

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