16 days in Alaska Itinerary

16 days in Alaska 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
— 3 nights
Foot to Juneau, Fly to Haines
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Haines
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Skagway
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sitka
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, browse the exhibits of Totem Heritage Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, view the masterpieces at Caribou Creek Company, then get outside with Snorkel Alaska, and finally hike along Deer Mountain Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ketchikan holiday planning site.

Chicago to Ketchikan is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Ketchikan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get slightly colder in Ketchikan: highs are around 66°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

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Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Family-friendly places like DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Juneau-Douglas City Museum will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Perseverance National Recreation Trail and Best Damn Charters. There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and trek along Mount Roberts Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Juneau trip planner.

Getting from Ketchikan to Juneau by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Haines.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
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Haines

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hammer Museum and American Bald Eagle Foundation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Kroschel Wildlife Center and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Haines trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Haines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Skagway.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Skagway

— 4 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Family-friendly places like State Street and Broadway Street and Gold Rush Cemetery will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate BearHead Photography Gallery and Skagway Museum and Archives. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Arctic Brotherhood Camp No. 1, stop by Skagway Alaska Downtown, contemplate the long history of Moore Cabin, and take an in-depth tour of Trail of '98 Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Skagway attractions planning app.

Getting from Haines to Skagway by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sitka.

Things to do in Skagway

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Sitka

— 4 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like St. Michael's Cathedral and Sitka Sound Science Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Russian Bishop's House and Baranof Castle State Historical Site. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, and stroll through Alaska Raptor Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sitka trip planning app.

You can fly from Skagway to Sitka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.