10 days in Alaska Itinerary

10 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 4 nights



— 2 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Appreciate the collections at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and The Rain Barrel. Creek Street and Totem Heritage Center will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deer Mountain Trail, take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ketchikan route planner.

Detroit 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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Ketchikan reach 65°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:


— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, then steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Sitka trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:


— 1 night

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Haines trip maker tool.

Getting from Sitka to Haines by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. July in Haines sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:


— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Step off the beaten path and head to State Street and Broadway Street and Yakutania Point. Skagway Museum and Archives and BearHead Photography Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Gold Rush Cemetery, make a trip to Lower Reid Falls, stroll through Upper Dewey Lake, and contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Skagway online travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In July in Skagway, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Skagway

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

Alaska travel guide

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.