8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Houston


Anchorage — 1 night

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 8th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Westchester Lagoon and then don't miss a visit to Seward Hwy. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Midnight Sun Brewing Co..

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage sightseeing planner.

Houston to Anchorage is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 59°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Juneau.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Juneau — 3 nights

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mount Roberts Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Perseverance National Recreation Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau trip maker website.

Fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Juneau, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Ketchikan — 3 nights

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then trek along Deer Mountain Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.