8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Homer
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  11​h 45​min
End: Albany

1
night
Sitka

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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka driving holiday planner.

Albany to Sitka is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Albany to Sitka due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Albany in July: highs in Sitka hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Sitka

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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, then contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then view the masterpieces at Alaska Native Medical Center Craft Shop. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Sitka to Anchorage takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Sitka in July, you will find days in Anchorage are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

4
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Homer Spit and Bishop's Beach Park. Let the collections at Norman Lowell Studio & Gallery and Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center capture your imagination. Fill the 5th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Kachemak Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, and learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Homer tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Homer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for slightly colder days in Homer, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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Kachemak Bay State Park ©
Kachemak Bay State Park
Homer Spit ©
Homer Spit
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