8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  13​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Cook Inlet and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alyeska Ski Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage day trip website .

New York City to Anchorage is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Anchorage. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 25°F and lows are around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, contemplate the long history of State Sreet and Broadway Street, then shop like a local with BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Skagway trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Skagway in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Anchorage in December, with highs in Skagway at 33°F and lows at 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chilkoot River
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
BearHead Photography Gallery ©
BearHead Photography Gallery

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mount Roberts Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Juneau online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Skagway to Juneau by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC ©
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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