16 days in Alaska & Whittier Itinerary

16 days in Alaska & Whittier Itinerary

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Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Drive to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Whittier
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Whittier
— 4 nights
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Ketchikan

— 1 night

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 (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center and then explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska, then stroll through Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and finally shop like a local with Caribou Creek Company.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan online trip builder.

Atlanta to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Atlanta in August, expect nights in Ketchikan to be slightly colder, around 55°F, while days are colder, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Alaskan Fudge Company, and then hike along Mount Roberts Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet the residents at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, and then admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Juneau online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Haines

— 2 nights

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 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hammer Museum, then see the interesting displays at American Bald Eagle Foundation, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally sample the fine beverages at Port Chilkoot Distillery. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Haines trip app.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Haines are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Skagway

— 2 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Gold Rush Cemetery, see the interesting displays at The Mascot Saloon, see the interesting displays at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, get engrossed in the history at Skagway Museum and Archives, then take in the exciting artwork at BearHead Photography Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Lower Reid Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Haines to Skagway takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Skagway are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Anchorage.

Things to do in Skagway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Anchorage

— 2 nights

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 1st (Wed), grab your bike and head to Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center, and then get great views at Beluga Point. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anchorage trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Homer

— 2 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Norman Lowell Gallery, explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center, then get engrossed in the history at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then get advice or help at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and finally examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Homer online tour planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Homer in 4.5 hours. September in Homer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Whittier.

Things to do in Homer

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Whittier

— 4 nights
Whittier is an unincorporated community in Jackson and Swain counties in the western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Crane Creek Vineyards and Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours and Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Whittier: Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park (in Highlands), Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and 12 Spies Vineyards and Farm (in Rabun Gap). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel, take an in-depth tour of Swain County Heritage Museum, examine the collection at Fly fishing Museum of The Southern Appalachians, and browse the exhibits of Oconaluftee Indian Village.

Plan trip to Whittier with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Homer to Whittier. Traveling from Homer to Whittier, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Homer in September, plan for much warmer days in Whittier, with highs around 79°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whittier

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Alaska travel guide

4.5
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.