8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner
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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Los Angeles


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.
Family-friendly places like Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Native Heritage Center will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Seward Hwy. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alaska Zoo, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage online road trip planner.

Los Angeles to Anchorage is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Anchorage reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Sitka.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Sitka — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take an in-depth tour of Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, and finally hike along Herring Cove Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sitka day trip website.

You can fly from Anchorage to Sitka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Anchorage in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sitka: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Ketchikan — 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Family-friendly places like Creek Street and Zipline will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Totem Bight State Historical Park and Totem Heritage Center. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ketchikan trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sitka to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.