9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive
5
Homer
— 2 nights
Fly

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Ketchikan

— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Totem Heritage Center and Dolly's House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Totem Bight State Historical Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Misty Fjords National Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ketchikan road trip site.

Saint Louis to Ketchikan is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Saint Louis to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, expect nights in Ketchikan to be slightly colder, around 54°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Sitka

— 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. On the 2nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sitka online trip builder.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Juneau tour website.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Anchorage

— 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.
On the 5th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anchorage journey planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Anchorage in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Museums · Historic Sites

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center, grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer road trip app.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Homer takes 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Homer can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Alaska travel guide

4.6
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.