8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Fly
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Miami

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Anchorage

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, deepen your understanding at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage driving holiday website.

Miami to Anchorage is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Miami to Anchorage, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in May, expect Anchorage to be much colder, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums · Historic Sites

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Empty Chair Memorial, 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 see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau day trip planning site.

You can fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Juneau are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Sitka

— 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 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, 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 traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sitka route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Sitka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Sitka sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

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), look for all kinds of wild species at Misty Fjords National Monument, then explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ketchikan trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Ketchikan sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Alaska travel guide

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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.