Alaska – Inside Passage Handbook

We started our journey on 8/27/07, flying from Ontario, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Transfers from the airport to the ship went very smoothly. Everything was organized by Princess and worked seamlessly. We had our first dinner in the dining room, the service was excellent and the scenery is breathtaking.

Our second day on the ship was a sea day so we relaxed and got acquainted with the ship. We worked out in the gym and ate quite a bit. We arrived in Ketchikan on 8/29/08 and did not expect to see rain. Our friends who were here before we were told that the weather & # 39; e is beautiful this time of year anyway we still had fun. The city is very picturesque. We took a horseback ride through the city trolley backlight then walked and shopped.

Ketchikan with & # 39 is the fifth most populous city in the state of Alaska and the southeastern most important town in this state. KETCHIKAN & # 39; s economy is based on tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." One of the region & # 39, S major attractions with & # 39 is "Misty Fiords National Monument.

Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the city. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit in the creek, Kitschk-hin Whose meaning is not clear; it can mean "river, which belongs to Kitschk» or «Gromov wings of an eagle." Ketchikan houses the world & # 39; s largest collection of standing totem poles, which are in three major locations: Saxman Village is, Totem Bight, and the Totem Heritage Center. Ketchikan with & # 39 is 235 miles (378 km) south of Juneau, Alaska.

We arrived in Juneau on August 30. There was no rain, but it was very cold. Juneau was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau . Although the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg (after Juneau & # 39 ;. s co-prospector, Richard Harris) Tlingit name of the town to the & # 39 is Dzántik & # 39; I Héeni "River, where flounder going" and Auke Bay just north of Juneau called UGC & # 39; w "Pond" in Tlingit. sea ​​level, below steep mountains about 3500 to 4000 feet high.

Above these mountains Juneau Ice Cap, a large mass of ice, from which about 30 glaciers flow; one of these, the Mendenhall Glacier . seen from the local system traffic; This glacier has been generally retreating; its front surface is reduced and the width and height.

Juneau with & # 39 is the capital of Alaska and has a great variety of things to see and do. A number of memories along the waterfront and boardwalk and the famous Red Dog Saloon is next; state and city museums and government buildings are all within walking distance, with shops on the way. We took a tour to Mendenhall Glacier and the city of Salmon Hatchery. It was very interesting, especially the glacier. Mendenhall Glacier is a 20-minute drive from the city center and a & # 39 is the most accessible glacier to any town on the Inside Passage. Active adventures abound in Juneau. This is a great place for whale watching, wildlife viewing, kayaking and river rafting. Some companies whale watching actually offer cash refund if you do not see the humpback whales killer whales during your tour.

On Friday, September 1, we were in Skagway. It is a small town of 800 people. It was cold. We took an old trolley with a great tour guide named Peggy. She was in a suit and was very knowledgeable about the area. She took us to the old court yard and shared many stories, Peggy and her husband spend their summers in Skagway. She told us that there are only 5 hours of daylight in the winter!

We were in Glacier Bay in Saturday, September 2. Glacier Bay National Park is located north of Juneau; Hubbard Glacier, which "flows" from the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Disappointment Bay and South central Alaska and # 39; s Prince William Sound with College Fjord and other glacier-rich sites. I was on the treadmill watching the glaciers go, what a treat that was. This region towering mountains, lush forests, endless acres untrameled wilderness, whales in the water and brown (grizzly) bears on shore. Alaska Native culture is still vibrantly living. "Leaven" the history of gold rushes still affect many structures and a & # 39; sites associated with crowding in the Yukon Klondike.

On the third Sunday, in September, we were at sea, and saw a fjord College & # 39; around 3:00 pm. This is our last day on the coral princess. We disembark at 6:45 am seven days a land tour.

Land Portion 7-day tour of Alaska Anchorage, Deadhorse .
Our plane from Anchorage to Deadhorse / Prudhoe Bay was an hour late, and, unfortunately, our plan was completed to examine the way the clouds. We arrived on a puddle jumper to one of the most desolate places we've ever been in.

Prudhoe Bay mile oil rigs and related equipment. There is no town or village. The workers live in barracks-type buildings two weeks on and two weeks off. Outgoing week they delivered in Fairbanks on which the oil company they work for. A lot of things & # 39; and, no pets, nothing but the wind and cold.
Prudhoe Bay is located right on the Arctic Ocean. We stayed in one and the only place to be named, The Arctic Caribbean Inn.

It was used to house the drill rigging personal; Very simple. Two single beds, located on both sides of the room, office, a tiny bathroom with a toilet and shower, a small, small step down the sink.
Our meals were served by cooks in a large tray of metal. That night it was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar, dessert, closet, hot tea and coffee is only $ 18.00 each.

Tour Prudhoe Bay oil derricks and vast expanses of nature. We did get to go down the rocky beach and drop any part of the body in the cold Arctic Ocean.

The second day of our land tour vacation began at 4:30 with a 9:00 drive on the Dalton Highway to Coldfoot. There was no "Head" along this road. The first trees we saw were 8 hours of our trip and on Antigun Pass.

Coldfoot started out as a tent to serve coffee and sandwiches trucksers on this very lonely highway, halfway between the point and Fairbanks Pond Bay. "Buffet" same as Prudhoe Bay,

Our bus driver on this L8 hour trek was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. He would make a great school teacher. If you would like to see Denali National Park, there is a bus at your disposal, or you can book a tour with one of the many private buses, which can offer you the opportunity to participate in a variety of guided hikes, gold panning, fishing, and some breath taking opportunities photos.

Mount McKinley National Park is located in Dan and tours here offer incredible views of this glacier covered impressive mountain, which is actually the highest peak in the whole of North America at an incredible 20.320 feet.