8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel route planner

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Anchorage
— 2 nights
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, then look for gifts at Cabin Fever, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and then see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage online journey planner.

Washington to Anchorage is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Washington to Anchorage due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in July, with highs in Anchorage at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Trails

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Juneau itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Ketchikan

— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 4th (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, then stroll through Totem Bight State Historical Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan trip builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Alaska travel guide

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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.