8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Portland
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Portland

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord, admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau sightseeing website .

Portland to Juneau is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Portland to Juneau due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Portland in October; daily highs in Juneau reach 49°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
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.
Anchorage is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Beluga Point, and examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Juneau to Anchorage in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Juneau in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Anchorage, with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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