8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 1 night
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 1 night
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Anchorage

— 2 nights

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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anchorage trip planner.

San Francisco to Anchorage is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Anchorage. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Anchorage at 45°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Tours · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Seward

— 2 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 5th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Alaska SeaLife Center, explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, then explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Seward

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Homer

— 1 night
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and then see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Homer trip planner.

Drive from Seward to Homer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Beaches

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Juneau online trip maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Homer to Juneau in 8 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Alaska travel guide

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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.