Cruising America's 'Great Land' could just be one of your life's greatest journeys. It was for travel writer Ralph Grizzle. By sea, it is nearly 850 miles from Seattle to Ketchikan, at the southern tip of the Alaskan Panhandle. Nearly a decade ago, I endured the journey by ship, and I was ready to do so again. I came intending to spend the long summer days marveling at … [Read more...]
Alaska Vacation Planning
Alaska vacation planning tips, guides, photos and videos to help make your next vacation the best possible whether it's on an Alaskan cruise or a drive to Denali.
Ketchikan is a small fishing town (pop. 8,142) clinging to the western edge of Revillagigedo Island. It’s known as Alaska’s “first city” because it’s the southernmost port of call for for ferries, cruise ships, and explorers heading up the Gastineau Channel. Ketchikan is located in the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 … [Read more...]
You’d think with all of the cold weather sweeping across North America cruisers’ thoughts would be on any place but Alaska. But something about The Great Land captivates us all year round. Surely, Alaska is a destination that needs to go on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re planning on reaching into that bucket this year, take heart — it’s not too late. There’s more than … [Read more...]
Few sights are so evocatively Alaskan as a team of sled dogs in the trace, hissing along a spruce-shrouded trail or the sparkling ice of a wintry lake. The tradition of dog sledding, of course, extends well beyond the 49th State’s bounds—from Siberia to Greenland—but there’s no question it's deeply rooted here: Alaskan natives have been using sled dogs for millennia, and the … [Read more...]
Juneau is one of Alaska’s most popular ports of call -- many people consider it America’s most unique state capital. Resting at the base of Mount Juneau amid a rainforest, Juneau became the capital of Alaska in 1906 and was designated a state capital in 1959 when Alaska became the 49th U.S. state. Did you know that: Juneau is only reachable by sea or air? It is the only … [Read more...]