8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Juneau International Airport, Drive to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Davidson Glacier and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Haines side-trips: Skagway (Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center & Skagway Museum and Archives). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hammer Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Port Chilkoot Distillery, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Haines day trip planning site.

Sioux City to Haines is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sioux City in July: highs in Haines hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Haines

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sitka online tour planner.

Getting from Haines to Sitka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Sitka, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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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 13th (Fri), hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.