8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly
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Haines
— 1 night
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Juneau
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Los Angeles

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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sitka route planning website.

Los Angeles to Sitka is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sitka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Sitka is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Haines

— 1 night

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then stroll through The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Haines online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Haines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin, stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, then make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, then see the interesting displays at The Mascot Saloon, and finally make a trip to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, then contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Skagway itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Skagway are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then hike along Mount Roberts Trail, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner.

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Juneau are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Alaska, get answers to all your questions at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then shop like a local with Caribou Creek Company, then get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail and then get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan online trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.