Enjoy Alaska's picturesque surrounding as you admire snowcapped peaks, mighty glaciers, steep fjords and such wildlife as whales, black bears, brown bears, bald eagles, sea otters and seals. Your journey will take you to historic gold rush towns and quaint fishing villages where you'll enjoy plenty of outdoor activities and immerse yourself in Alaska's unique culture.
The cruising season in Alaska begins in May and lasts through September, and cruises usually last between seven and 12 days. Some cruise lines also offer cruise tours, a combination of an Alaskan cruise and a land tour. On the land tour portion, you will journey inland by train or motorcoach and visit scenic destinations like Denali National Park, the Yukon Territory or the Canadian Rockies.
At one time Ketchikan was proclaimed the "Salmon Capital of the World." An outstanding collection of totem poles make a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested in Native art. Travelers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country, and are rarely disappointed.
The state capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Alaska. Juneau offers an amazingly wide range of activities, ranging from whale-watching and zip-lining to touring Alaska's capitol building or the Alaskan Brewing Co. Then there's the state's most accessible glacier -- Mendenhall, an immense, 12-mile-long river of ice. Roads do go there, and along with glacier viewing, there's always the chance of seeing a bear or two up-close.
The northernmost point of the Inside Passage, the town reflects its mining past in the false-front buildings and gold rush relics. Visitors can experience the majesty of White Pass summit and the Yukon territory aboard the railway, paddle to Glacier Bay and Chilkoot Bald Eagle Preserve, or soar over glaciers on a helicopter tour.
Other ports and areas you may visit are Sitka, Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, and the Tracy Arm Fjord.