8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner
Make it your trip
— 1 day
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
— 2 nights


Anchorage — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, then cruise along Seward Hwy, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anchorage itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Anchorage is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Charlotte to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in May, plan for colder days in Anchorage, with highs around 59°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.
Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
Side Trip

Juneau — 2 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and then catch a ride on Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Ketchikan — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, walk around Saxman Native Village, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To plan Ketchikan vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sitka.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Sitka — 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 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sitka tour builder app.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May in Sitka, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.