8 days in Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 1 day
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 1 night
Fly
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Anchorage
— 2 nights
Drive
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Talkeetna
— 1 night
Drive
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Homer
— 3 nights
Drive to Anchorage, Fly to New York City

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Ketchikan

— 1 day

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 8th (Wed), walk around City Park of Ketchikan, then explore the galleries of Totem Heritage Center, then get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, and finally make a trip to Chief Johnson Totem Pole.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ketchikan road trip website.

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 9th (Thu), trek along Mount Roberts Trail, kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Juneau driving holiday planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December, Juneau is slightly colder than Ketchikan - with highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Point Woronzof, then get engrossed in the history at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and then trek along Kincaid Park. On your second day here, trek along Byron Glacier Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Alyeska Ski Area, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Midnight Sun Brewing Co..

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Anchorage takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Juneau in December, expect Anchorage to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°F and 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Talkeetna.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Talkeetna

— 1 night
Talkeetna is a census-designated place in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, view the masterpieces at Aurora Dora, then don't miss a visit to Nagley's Store, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Denali Brewing Company & Tasting Room.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Talkeetna trip app.

Traveling by car from Anchorage to Talkeetna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anchorage in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Talkeetna, with lows of 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Homer.

Things to do in Talkeetna

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Homer

— 3 nights
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Bear Creek Winery, then get a dose of the wild on J Bear Tours, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Homer Brewing Company. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Norman Lowell Gallery, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts, and finally see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Homer road trip site.

Getting from Talkeetna to Homer by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Talkeetna in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Homer: highs are around 35°F and lows about 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Homer

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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.