12 days in Alaska Itinerary

12 days in Alaska Itinerary

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12 days in Alaska Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + ferry:  12​h 15​min
1
Ketchikan
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  2​h
2
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Skagway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Haines
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Homer
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Talkeetna
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): walk around Potlatch Totem Park, learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip maker .

Norfolk to Ketchikan is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Norfolk to Ketchikan. Traveling from Norfolk 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 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Potlatch Totem Park ©
Potlatch Totem Park
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center ©
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

1
night
Sitka

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sitka tour planner .

Getting from Ketchikan to Sitka by combination of ferry and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July in Sitka, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Russian Bishop's House ©
Russian Bishop's House

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tracy Arm Fjord. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Juneau online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company ©
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC ©
Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC

2
nights
Skagway

Skagway ©
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls, then get your game on at Alaska 360, and then explore the striking landscape at Davidson Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown, don't miss a visit to Gold Rush Cemetery, then take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, then contemplate the long history of State Sreet and Broadway Street, and finally hike along Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Skagway using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Skagway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Davidson Glacier ©
Davidson Glacier
Lower Reid Falls ©
Lower Reid Falls
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail ©
Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail

2
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
On the 15th (Wed), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Chilkoot River, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then examine the collection at Hammer Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Haines trip planning site .

Getting from Skagway to Haines by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Homer.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Chilkoot River ©
Chilkoot River
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Norman Lowell Gallery, explore the galleries of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Homer trip builder site .

You can fly from Haines to Homer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Homer

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum

2
nights
Talkeetna

Talkeetna ©
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Aurora Dora, and finally take an in-depth tour of Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Homer to Talkeetna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. When traveling from Homer in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Talkeetna, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Aurora Dora ©
Aurora Dora
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum ©

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