8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Albany
+2
train + foot + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Haines
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Juneau
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Wrangell
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: Albany

2
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. On the 1st (Sun), sample the tasty concoctions at Grace Ridge Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bishop's Beach Park, get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Homer sightseeing planner.

Albany to Homer is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Albany to Homer, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
Bishop's Beach Park ©
Bishop's Beach Park
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©

1
day
Haines

Haines ©
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 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kroschel Films and then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Haines attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Homer to Haines takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Homer in December, expect nights in Haines to be about the same, around 21°F, while days are little chillier, around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife Parks
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve ©

1
night
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 5th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier, then stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Skagway online travel route planner .

You can drive from Haines to Skagway in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Gold Rush Cemetery ©
Gold Rush Cemetery

1
night
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 6th (Fri), stroll through Mount Roberts Trail, then explore and take pictures at Mendenhall Glacier, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and finally look for gifts at Alaska Knifeworks.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Juneau road trip app .

You can fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wrangell.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail
Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company ©
Mendenhall Glacier ©
Mendenhall Glacier

1
day
Wrangell

Wrangell ©
The City and Borough of Wrangell is a borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site and then enjoy the sand and surf at Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wrangell visit planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Juneau to Wrangell. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wrangell

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site ©
Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site

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