8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
— 2 nights
— 3 nights



— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center and then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saxman Native Village.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip itinerary builder website.

Phoenix to Ketchikan is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Ketchikan. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors


— 1 night
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 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sitka journey planning tool.

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife


— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Trove, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau day trip planning site.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife


— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

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.
Anchorage is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, take a memorable drive along Seward Hwy, view the masterpieces at The Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts, and get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Anchorage sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Anchorage are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

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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.