8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 3 nights



— 1 night

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 (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then make a trip to Seward Hwy. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and then stroll through Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip planner.

Eaton to Anchorage is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Eaton to Anchorage. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Eaton in July: high temperatures in Anchorage hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip


— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Fairweather Gallery and Gifts, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Juneau sightseeing planner.

Fly from Anchorage to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Anchorage in July, expect nights in Juneau to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature


— 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 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Raptor Center, admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sitka trip maker tool.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors


— 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, stroll around Saxman Native Village, then steep yourself in history at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, hike along Deer Mountain Trail, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water
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.