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Let’s Explore Alaska’s Inside Passage!
Alaska’s Inside Passage stretches 500 miles along the Pacific Ocean and is home to a variety of wildlife, countless fjords, tidewater glaciers, and lush island scenery. This unique region was carved by glaciers and is blanketed with majestic hemlock and spruce trees. The wet, mild, maritime climate makes the Southeast region of the state a perfect habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises, and whales. Picturesque coastal communities dot the landscape and are rich in history and Native traditions. From the capital city of Juneau to Sitka, Hanes, and Ketchikan, Alaska’s Inside Passage offers visitors a unique blend of historical attractions, outdoor activities, and cultural activities – all within America’s largest national forest and connected by the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.
Many Alaska adventure tours start from the cities named above. Read on to learn more about what each city has to offer visitors!
Alaska Tour And Travel Packages – Juneau
Juneau is Alaska’s capital city and is home to some of the most accessible glaciers in the state. The Mendenhall Glacier is a popular destination for tourists and is easily accessible to most visitors – in fact, you can actually drive right up to it! If you’re not interested in glaciers, other Alaska land tour packages offer guided tours for wildlife viewing. Juneau has a variety of wildlife, with bears, bald eagles, and humpback whales easy to spot just outside of town. But if you want to get closer to the native wildlife, tour guides can get you near a black bear, Dall’s sheep, mountain goat, blacktail deer, porpoise, sea lions, harbor seals, or sea otters. For those looking to get active, Juneau is home to plenty of Alaska adventure tours that offer visitors a chance to go sea kayaking, hiking, rafting, dogsledding, skiing, or snowboarding. And if you are an avid angler, Juneau is an excellent place to fish for salmon!
Juneau is also home to some of Alaska’s top museums, including the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; the Walter Soboleff Building, with Alaska’s largest installation of Southeast Alaska Native art; and the Alaska State Museum, a comprehensive collection of art, artifacts, books, and film. History buffs can visit the remains of three different mining complexes to learn more about the Gold Rush, including the A-J Mine, the Last Chance Mining Museum, and the historic Treadwell Mine.
Alaska Tour And Travel Packages – Ketchikan
Ketchikan boasts the largest number of totem poles in Alaska, a collection that includes recently carved poles and some that are more than 100 years old. The Totem Heritage Center, which offers classes in Native arts, houses a large collection of Native artifacts, including several ancient totem poles, cedar bark baskets, beaded regalia, button robes, and other beautifully hand-crafted works of art. The city is also the Salmon Capital of the World!
For those interested in Alaska land tour packages, however, there are many available from this historic city.
- Misty Fjords National Monument – this spectacular natural monument lies 22 miles east of Ketchikan and is a natural mosaic of sea cliffs, steep fjords, and rock walls rising 3,000 feet out of the ocean! The monument is covered with a thick rainforest that grows on nearly vertical slopes from sea level to the mountain top. You can take a flightseeing trip or day cruise from Ketchikan to see this natural wonder.
- Wildlife viewing – many Alaska travel and tour packages are available to get visitors out into the Tongass National Forest, where they can take a guided tour to see black bears, wolves, mountain goats, black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and more than 100 species of migrating birds. If you’re not interested in Alaska land tour packages, there are many tours along the shore way to see Orca and humpback whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, river otters, and porpoises.
- Tongass Historical Museum – did you know that Ketchikan was the first city in Alaska? Plan to spend some time at the Tongass Historical Museum, where you can explore the fascinating history of the city through photographs, art, and artifacts.
Alaska Tour And Travel Packages – Haines
Haines is known as a town that has more eagles than people. If you want to see the largest natural gathering of eagles, plan to visit Haines during the winter months. Many Alaska land tour packages will include a trip to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where visitors can witness this phenomenon. Haines’ Chilkat Valley is home to 49,000 acres of forests, marshlands, and rivers that attract a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles. A winter visit to Haines can also include skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. If you prefer to visit during the summer months, local Alaska adventure tours include kayaking, hiking, paddleboarding, camping, and more.
One of the most popular attractions in Haines, however, is fishing – especially for salmon. There are five species of Salmon found in Haines, including Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, and Pink Salmon. You can find freshwater fish on the Chilkoot Lake and River and saltwater varieties in the Lynn Canal. The city is filled with tour operators who offer guided Alaska adventure tours on the water for those who want a unique vacation experience.
Alaska Tour And Travel Packages – Petersburg
Petersburg is a charming and busy fishing village that boasts a vibrant Norwegian and Alaska native heritage. Located on Frederick sound, the village is near the summer feeding grounds for hundreds of humpback whales. Visitors to Petersburg can take advantage of a number of unique activities throughout the year.
- Explore Norwegian culture - While Norwegian culture is alive and well in Petersburg year-round, the best time to experience it is at the Little Norway Festival in mid-May. During the multiday festival, Petersburg celebrates Norwegian Independence Day with costumes, a parade, games, dances, fresh fish, and shrimp.
- Tour Laconte Glacier - LeConte Glacier, a tidewater glacier, is only 20 miles by boat from Petersburg. Icebergs from the glacier often float into Frederick Sound and can sometimes be seen from town. To get a good look at the glacier, visitors can book flightseeing tours, kayaking trips, or day cruises that include whale watching in the sound.
- Go whale watching - Humpback whales migrate through the area as well. For the best viewing opportunity, travelers can take a day cruise from one of the city’s harbors to nearby Frederick Sound. Usually, other wildlife such as orcas, seals, and more can be spotted.
- Spend a day at local parks and recreation centers in and around Petersburg. One of the most popular attractions is the Narrows Viewing Platform in Eagle Roost Park. From the park, which is within walking distance of downtown, visitors can easily spot eagles roosting in the trees
Alaska Tour And Travel Packages – Wrangell
Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. Tlingit people have been living in the area for thousands of years and examples of their culture and history are prevalent in Wrangell. The town is home to an impressive collection of totems with more than a dozen scattered throughout town that can make for a pleasant walk. One of the most popular totems is the killer whale totem that adorns Chief Shakes Grave. And just north of town is this Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, where you can see primitive rock carvings believed to be 8,000 years old.
Wrangell is also home to the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, one of Alaska’s most popular bear-viewing spots. The Anan Wildlife Observatory is located 30 miles southeast of the town of Wrangell. Anan Creek has one of the largest runs of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska, which supports the high density of black and brown bears. Most visitors choose to take a guided Alaska adventure tour to Wrangell, but it is possible for visitors to plan a non-guided trip – if they are able to obtain one of the 12 permits issued each year!
If you’re interested in the town’s history, the Wrangell Museum is a great place to explore Tlingit, Russian, and gold-mining history. The museum is home to a collection of over 3,000 photos and negatives depicting the area’s history, beginning with the gold rush, and an exhibit on early exploration by Russian and English settlers. Also on display are four hand-carved Tlingit house posts dating back to the late 1700s and a collection of spruce and cedar bark baskets.
Exploring The Outdoors In Southeast Alaska
Alaska is also home to the Tongass National Forest, a 16.8 million acre rainforest that is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. The Tongass contains 19 unique wilderness areas, including Admirality Island and Russell Fjord Wilderness. Visitors can book a variety of Alaska land tour packages that include hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and more! You can even reserve one of the 150 Forest Service cabins scattered throughout the forest for an overnight adventure. And just 15 miles from Haines by air lies Glacier Bay National Park, one of the most popular wilderness parks in America. Visitors can book one of many Alaska adventure tours to explore the park’s 16 active tidewater glaciers, or go hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. Ferry cruises can also be reserved for whale watching or fishing.
Whether you want to explore the history, culture, or outdoors, Alaska’s Inside Passage has the best Alaska adventure tours for you! With just a little research, you are sure to find Alaska tour and travel packages to fit your interest and your budget. Now, get packing!