9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Anchorage, Drive to Homer
— 2 nights
Fly to Haines, Ferry to Skagway
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Detroit



— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Norman Lowell Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seafarer's Memorial. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Bishop's Beach Park and then examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Homer vacation planning app.

Detroit to Homer is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Homer reach 64°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife


— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 21st (Wed), hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail, steep yourself in history at Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, examine the collection at The Mascot Saloon, contemplate the long history of State Street and Broadway Street, then view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Dewey Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, and finally stroll through Yakutania Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Skagway driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Homer to Skagway takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites


— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then stroll through Perseverance National Recreation Trail. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Mount Roberts Trail, then stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, then head outdoors with Best Damn Charters, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Skagway to Juneau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours


— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Rain Barrel, get answers to all your questions at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, then trek along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally walk around Potlatch Totem Park.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip planning app.

Getting from Juneau to Ketchikan by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · 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.