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  • Address: Inside Passage
  • Hours: Daily
Extending from Washington’s Puget Sound, along the shores of British Columbia and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage is a must-have experience when visiting Alaska. The waterway exists thanks to the many islands that reside between the North Pacific Ocean and Alaska’s coast. This allows for calmer waters, which is why many ferries and cruise ships choose to use it to transport travelers.

Featuring bays, beaches, peninsulas, fjords, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, rivers, coastal towns and over 1,000 islands, the passage is a photographer’s heaven, as well as a supremely scenic playground for adventure travelers, culture cravers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are a variety of experiences to be had along the way: visiting Native Alaskan heritage attractions; exploring Gold Rush history; glacier trekking; dog-sledding; spotting wildlife such as bald eagles, whales and bears; rainforest cycling and more. Kayaking through Glacier Bay National Park, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of glaciers, is an extremely popular activity in the passage, which also resides in the center of the United States’ largest forest – the 17-million-acreTongass National Forest. You’ll be privy to the offerings of this natural attraction as well.

The city of Ketchikan is located along the Inside Passage on its southern tip, which means it often serves as the first stop for people visiting Alaska. Here it’s possible to visit the famous Misty Fjords National Monument, take part in traditional arts and crafts courses at the Saxman Native Village, view historic totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center, go salmon fishing and much more.

Practical Info

The Inside Passage is a coastal route for sea vessels on the Pacific Coast of North America.

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Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan

Experience the Alaskan wilderness from the driver’s seat of a Tomcar off-road utility vehicle on this Ketchikan adventure tour. In the dense rainforest 30 ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $209.00

Whale-Watching Cruise with Seafood Lunch or Dinner atop Mt Roberts

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Combine whale watching with a seafood lunch or dinner on this exciting Juneau tour! Choose from a selection of tour times, and start with a whale-watching ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife location ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $689.00

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