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Tours of the Inside Passage

Exploring the Scenic Alaskan Panhandle

Kayak around gorgeous island scenery humming with wildlife. Voyage out into glacier filled waters in search for Orca whales. Alaska’s Inside Passage has enough adventure for a hundred life times.


The southern entrance to the Inside Passage. Ketchikan is famous for their beautiful scenery, rich native history and for being “The Salmon Capital of the World."

Must Sees
Misty Fjords National Monument: One step into the unspoiled Misty Fjords wilderness and you’ll feel like an explorer of old. Roughly the size of Connecticut, every inch of Misty Fjords is covered in beauty – Crystal-blue lakes, snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, glacially-carved valleys. The only thing missing in the “Mistys” is you.

Totem Bight State Park: Everyone knows Alaska is famous for its Totem Poles. But why are they so significant? Who made them? These are the types of questions answered at Totem Bight State Park. Wander between the 13 authentic totems and learn the incredible story behind each one.

Southeast Exposure Outdoor Adventure Center: If you’re into outdoor adventure, then the Southeast Exposure Center is an absolute must. These guided kayak and zip line tours give you access to some of Ketchikan’s most cherished sties, like Eagle Island.

Settlers Cove State Recreational Site: Surround yourself in lush rainforest of Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce with a hike down a Settlers Cove beach trail. Pack a picnic and take The Lunch Falls Loop Trail for beautiful views and a hike that fits every skill level.

Local’s Guide
Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show: Need a healthy dose of manliness? Put on your flannel shirt and head on over to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Situated on the edge of a salmon stream near downtown, the show is a grunting good time full of chopping battles, tree climbing, axe throwing, and more.


Arguably one of America’s most beautiful capital cities, Juneau has enough attractions both in the city and out to satisfy the whole family.

Must Sees
Tracy Arm Fjord:  Set out on frozen emerald waters and get up close to tidewater and elevated glaciers. Apart from the jaw-dropping walls of ice, you may even catch a glimpse of a pod of whales, seals playing on a floating ice platform, soaring eagles and countless other animals that call this place home.

Mount Roberts Tramway: Glide up the pine covered side of Mount Roberts on a six-minute tram ride that climbs to 1,800 feet! The Mount Roberts Tramway is one of the most vertical tramways in the world and offers unparalleled views of the harbor. When you reach the top, stop by the restaurant, theater and shops or go for a hike on one of the many trails.

Juneau Rainforest Garden: Surround yourself with green with a peaceful stroll through one of Alaska’s most lush gardens. No matter what path you choose, you’ll find wildflowers, ferns, and moss-covered rainforest floor. Be sure to read the markers along the trails to learn more about Alaska’s unique vegetation.

Mendenhall Glacier: The famous Mendenhall Glacier spills out of the mountains and into the lake like blue lava. After learning about the fascinating display in the visitor center, hike up the west side of the glacier for a better view and to truly appreciate its majesty.

Local’s Guide
Eaglecrest Ski Area: “The best little ski area in the world” as the locals call it, boasts more than 30 trails spanning 640 skiable acres. From alpine runs to world class backcountry, Eaglecrest will satisfy even the harshest powder snobs.


Situated at the mouth of the Stikine River, Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one to have been ruled by four nations: Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States.

Must Sees
Stikine River: 400 miles of pristine river that stretches from Wrangell all the way to British Columbia. The river carves its way through breathtaking mountain ranges and glacial valleys. Go on a kayaking excursion or fish for king salmon.

Petroglyph Beach: Carved into boulders and bedrock outcrops are stunning petrogrlyphs, anciently carved symbols that have survived the test of time. Come look at this art exhibit left behind by some of our native ancestors.

Anan Creek Bear Observatory: Accessible only by floatplane or boat, the Anan Creek is a fun way to up close to Alaska’s most remarkable wildlife. Watch black and brown bears, bald eagles and sea lions in their natural habitat.

Local’s Guide
Wrangell Museum: Charming and full of treasures, the Wrangell Museum is a great place to get a taste of the town’s colorful past. Learn all about the fishing, trapping and forest industries as well as the famous Stikine Gold Rush.