8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry to Juneau, AK, Fly to Chicago O'Hare

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Ketchikan

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center and then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan trip builder tool.

Chicago to Ketchikan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get a bit cooler in Ketchikan: highs are around 65°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Sitka

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. On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Russian Bishop's House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum.

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Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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Haines

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.
State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Chilkoot River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Haines: Skagway (Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center & Skagway Museum and Archives). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier, explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Haines online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Haines takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Haines are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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.