18 days in Alaska Itinerary

18 days in Alaska Itinerary

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Start: Jerusalem
Fly + Ferry:  28 h
1
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  2 h
2
Sitka
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Homer
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
5
Seward
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Jerusalem

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Step off the beaten path and head to Misty Fjords Air & Outfitting, Inc. and Caribou Creek Company. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Totem Heritage Center and Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ketchikan trip itinerary website.

Jerusalem, Israel to Ketchikan is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Ketchikan are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary ©
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
Misty Fjords Air & Outfitting, Inc. ©
Misty Fjords Air & Outfitting, Inc.
Totem Heritage Center ©
Totem Heritage Center

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 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Sheldon Jackson Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Sitka Centennial Visitors Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and then admire the landmark architecture of Russian Bishop's House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. August in Sitka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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St. Michael's Cathedral ©
St. Michael's Cathedral
Sheldon Jackson Museum ©
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mount Roberts Trail and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Juneau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Juneau can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Mount Roberts Trail ©
Mount Roberts Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Kayaking & Canoeing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Norman Lowell Gallery and Art Shop Gallery. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bear Creek Winery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Homer Spit, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Homer driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Homer in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bear Creek Winery ©
Bear Creek Winery

3
nights
Seward

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Harding Ice Field Trail and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Seward travel route builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Harding Ice Field Trail
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Seward Boat Harbor ©
Seward Boat Harbor

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anchorage travel route tool.

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

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