8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
— 3 nights
— 3 nights



— 1 night

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Alaska, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then stop by The Rain Barrel, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see the world from above with Ketchikan Helicopters, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, then explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, and finally stroll through Deer Mountain Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ketchikan trip itinerary planning tool.

Seattle to Ketchikan is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Ketchikan. In September, Ketchikan is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 60°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums


— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Explore hidden gems such as Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and trek along Mount Roberts Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Juneau are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours


— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1 and BearHead Photography Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Skagway to Haines to see Chilkoot River about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with Skagway Float Tours, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, trek along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, and contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Skagway travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Skagway are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Fishing Charters & Tours
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.