18 days in Northern Inside Passage Region Itinerary

18 days in Northern Inside Passage Region Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
3
Skagway
— 3 nights
4
Haines
— 3 nights
5
Juneau
— 5 nights

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Ketchikan is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street, contemplate the long history of Saxman Native Village, admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip itinerary builder app.

Knoxville to Ketchikan is an approximately 12.5-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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Knoxville in May, plan for colder days in Ketchikan, with highs around 59°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
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Creek Street ©
Creek Street
Fishing Charters & Tours
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

2
nights
Sitka

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. On the 6th (Thu), meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, get a taste of the local shopping with Island Artists Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sitka Lutheran Church, then admire the majestic nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House. On the next day, examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sitka route planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Sitka can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Skagway.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Skagway is known for adventure, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the world from above with TEMSCO Helicopters - Skagway, take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and take in the dramatic natural features at Davidson Glacier.

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Getting from Sitka to Skagway by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. May in Skagway sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Zipline
Skagway Float Tours ©
Skagway Float Tours
Jewell Gardens ©
Jewell Gardens

3
nights
Haines

Haines ©
Sitting on the shores of Alaska's longest fjord and surrounded by mountains, the port city of Haines boasts spectacular scenery.
Go for a jaunt from Haines to Hoonah to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, examine the collection at Hammer Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the world behind art at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Haines trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Skagway to Haines takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Haines

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Kroschel Wildlife Center ©
The Kroschel Wildlife Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Off-Road Tours

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, make a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, and admire the natural beauty at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau itinerary planner.

You can fly from Haines to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay May 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Dolphin & Whale Watching