5 days in Alaska Itinerary

5 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Newark



— 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sitka, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Sitka is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Sitka are much colder (59°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums


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Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 18th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, shop like a local with Caribou Creek Company, then contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Trails · Museums · Parks

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.