8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
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Seward
— 3 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to New Orleans

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Ketchikan

— 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 30th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Rain Barrel, get engrossed in the history at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, then get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ketchikan online visit planner.

New Orleans to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Ketchikan is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in August, expect nights in Ketchikan to be colder, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the activities along Inside Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, then sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier, and finally get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Anchorage

— 1 night

The City of Lights and Flowers

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 2nd (Wed): stop by The Quilted Raven, get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and finally examine the collection at Alaska Jewish Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Anchorage road trip site.

You can fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Seward

— 3 nights

Alaska Starts Here

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center and then hike along Harding Ice Field Trail. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center, and then get your bearings at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Seward trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Alaska travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
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.