9 days in Alaska Itinerary

9 days in Alaska Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Alaska planner

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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
— 1 night
Fly
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Skagway
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Haines
— 1 night
Fly
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Sitka
— 2 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 1st (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, take in the exciting artwork at Caribou Creek Company, then steep yourself in history at Totem Heritage Center, and finally stroll through Deer Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ketchikan Rainbird Trail, get engrossed in the history at Tongass Historical Museum, see the interesting displays at Dolly's House Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Alaska, and finally admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ketchikan tour planning site.

New York City to Ketchikan is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from New York City to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Ketchikan to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Juneau

— 1 night

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perseverance National Recreation Trail, trek along Mount Roberts Trail, then stop by Alaskan Fudge Company, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Juneau online tour planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. May in Juneau sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Juneau

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Skagway

— 3 nights
The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Step off the beaten path and head to Davidson Glacier and Gold Rush Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Lower Dewey Lake Hiking Trail and Upper Dewey Lake. There's still lots to do: hike along Yakutania Point, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, take an in-depth tour of Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum, and look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Skagway trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Haines.

Things to do in Skagway

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Haines

— 1 night

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 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Hammer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Kroschel Wildlife Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Haines day trip website.

Ride a ferry from Skagway to Haines in 1.5 hours. May in Haines sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Haines

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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Sitka

— 2 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. On the 8th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sitka trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Haines to Sitka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Haines in May, plan for slightly colder days in Sitka, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Alaska travel guide

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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.