America‘s largest state capital is a charming port town with a lively waterfront and thriving Native culture that is only accessible by land or sea. Once there, it‘s easy to see why over a million visitors flock to Juneau every summer. In town, some of the city‘s oldest buildings are pubs or saloons left over from the booming days of the Gold Rush era. Check them out on a stroll down historic Franklin Street. At the Alaska State Museum, over 23,000 mining and fishing artifacts are on display. Favorites include the Tlingit clan‘s house and the life-sized eagle‘s nest.
A short drive away, Mendenhall Glacier is a must-see natural wonder with easy trails that get up close to the massive river of ice. Half a mile wide and hundreds of feet deep, this top natural attraction offers sightseeing and recreational activities as abundant as the wildlife. Become one of the rare few to hike the glacier. Whale watching, dogsledding, and float-planing are also on the menu. Twelve miles from downtown Juneau, Tongass National Forest welcomes hikers, walkers and wanderers on a number of trails set against the spectacular backdrop of icebergs, waterfalls and wildlife.
Whether you‘re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast or adrenaline seekers, Juneau‘s rich blend of cultural museums and natural beauty ensures a lifetime of memories in experiencing authentic Alaska.
EXPLORE TRACY ARM FJORD
Prepare to be mesmerized as you cruise into Southeast Alaska‘s gem destination of untamed natural beauty. This awe-inspiring fjord extends over 30 miles, cutting through towering cliffs and pristine glaciers, making it a top choice for travelers seeking an authentic Alaskan adventure.
At the heart of Tracy Arm lies the majestic Sawyer Glacier, an active tidewater glacier that stands at 1,500 feet and extends over two miles wide. Its crystalline ice often exhibits a striking blue hue, and the resounding cracks and splashes as icebergs calve into the fjord are both mesmerizing and unforgettable.
This pristine location is located within the vast Tongass National Forest, America‘s largest, and is enveloped by the Tracy Arm-Fords Wilderness, providing a true escape into the heart of untouched nature. Tracy Arm Fjord can be accessed primarily by boat or cruise ship, with the journey weaving through narrow, winding passages, adding adventure to the trip. The fjord is subject to seasonal variations, making the best time to explore its enchanting landscapes from May to September when it is more navigable and wildlife sightings are at their peak.
Exploring Tracy Arm Fjord is a journey into the heart of unspoiled wilderness, a place where the call of bald eagles resonates through the pristine air, and the sheer grandeur of nature leaves an indelible mark on the spirit of the explorer.
On the west coast of Baranof Island, surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, Sitka Sound, and Mount Edgecumbe, this quaint harbor town gives visiting guests a unique blend of history, culture and outdoor adventure. Explore a coastal rainforest, view totem poles, and gain insights into the indigenous Tlingit culture at the Sitka National Historical Park. Not far from there, discover St. Michael‘s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a striking piece of architecture reflecting the town‘s Russian heritage complete with an ornate onion dome. There‘s also the Russian Bishop‘s House, built in 1842—both are National Historic Landmarks. Near the port, stroll Lincoln Street for authentic art and gifts
Sitka‘s unique natural surroundings beckon exploration. Embark on a wildlife tour or kayak trip to spot humpback whales, sea otters, and bald eagles in their natural habitat. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck at hooking salmon or halibut. Hikers and bikers can traverse miles in Alaska‘s Great Outdoors, while adrenaline-seekers can heli-ski the mountains. To dive into the local culture, visit a traditional Tlingit fish camp to sample fresh-caught seafood and learn about the ancient techniques used for preservation. Top it all off with a local beer or cider, brewed with ingredients like spruce tips or wild berries.
The Salmon Capital of the World offers a unique blend of native culture, outdoor adventures, and awe-inspiring wilderness. Stepping off the cruise ship, guests are greeted by Ketchikan‘s famous Liquid Sunshine Gage. The average rainfall here is over 200 inches, so bring your waterproof gear. Next up is the picturesque Creek Street, Ketchikan‘s former red-light district that‘s now a historic boardwalk lined with shops and galleries. Explore gold rush¬-era attractions like Dolly’s House Museum. From there, a short stroll leads to the Totem Heritage Center, where intricately carved totem poles and Alaska‘s indigenous cultures are on display.
For outings on the adventurous side, take a seaplane exploration Misty Fjords National Monument, a breathtaking wilderness of towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and pristine lakes. Embark on watching excursions to spot bald eagles, seals, and black bears in their natural habitat. Jeep around the back roads of Revillagigedo Island, or paddle a 37-foot Native-style canoe around Lake Harriet Hunt.
Fresh Alaskan seafood is on every menu here in the world‘s salmon capital. The annual salmon runs continue today with all five species of wild Pacific salmon returning to Ketchikan waters to spawn.
Ketchikan‘s unique blend of indigenous heritage and stunning natural landscapes ensures a memorable and authentic Alaskan experience.
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