8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel route maker
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Anchorage, Fly to Atlanta


Sitka — 1 night

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. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Alaska Pure Sea Salt, see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sitka trip maker tool.

Atlanta to Sitka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Atlanta to Sitka due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in May: highs in Sitka hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Juneau.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Juneau — 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, get all the information you need at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip planner.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Anchorage.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, then gain insight at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Anchorage travel route builder site.

Getting from Juneau to Anchorage by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Seward.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seward online travel planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Alaska travel guide

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.