8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  34 h
1
Homer
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
4
Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry + Fly:  35 h
End: Cape Town

1
day
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery and then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Homer day trip website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Homer is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Homer is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you will find days in Homer are cooler (11°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Homer

Beaches Trails Parks
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Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Bear Creek Winery ©
Bear Creek Winery

2
nights
Anchorage

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.
On the 7th (Mon), examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Virgin Creek Falls Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Homer to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Homer in October since evenings lows in Anchorage dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 9th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Amalga Distillery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Juneau online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Juneau, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Amalga Distillery ©
Amalga Distillery

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Totem Bight State Historical Park, then trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan journey builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

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