Day 1: Seattle, Washington
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the U.S. State of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, nearly 174 km south of the United States–Canadian border. Nicknamed the ‘Emerald City’, Seattle has an abundance of evergreen trees throughout and spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. Known for being the home of the Space Needle, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Nintendo of America, Starbucks and the University of Washington. Seattle is also the home of a vibrant arts scene and an ever expanding park system. Seattle is an international port that has three professional sports teams, hundreds of restaurants, many cultural venues and a lifestyle that is unique to the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle waterfront is popular with excellent views as is the well known Space Needle which dominates the city skyline. Things to see and do * Seattle Waterfront * Seattle Centre * Smith Tower Observation Deck * Pike Place Market * Discovery Park
Day 2: Cruising
Day at sea.
Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's Native Cultural Center. It is also known as the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. During the summer months, the town bustles with visitors from all over the world. Ketchikan is built along a steep hillside, with sections of the town built right over the water on pilings. The rustic boardwalk on Creek Street preserves a distinct historic feel, while the town hums with new construction to keep up with tourism. Native art and culture flourish here due to the large population of Native Alaskans, represented by three indigenous tribes: the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Ketchikan has the largest collection of totem poles in the world, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 arts communities in America. Visitors will find an outstanding variety of shops, galleries and boutiques throughout the town. Things to See & Do * Salmon fishing * Deer Park Eagle Preserve * Creek Street * Misty Fjords National Monument * Deer Park Fish Hatchery
Day 4: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier & Juneau, Alaska
Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier:
Defined by magnificent waterfalls, dramatic valleys, and untamed mountains, Endicott Arm provides a captivating glimpse of Alaska's untamed splendor. This extended, slender fjord within the Tongass National Forest leads to the awe-inspiring Dawes Glacier, a dynamic tidewater glacier standing hundreds of feet tall and stretching half a mile wide. Rarely frequented by cruise ships, it becomes the quintessential off-the-beaten-path adventure destination.
Juneau isn't easily reached, requiring either a swift journey by air or a scenic voyage by sea. However, upon arrival, you'll be greeted by stunning vistas and a wealth of cultural experiences. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, mist-covered rainforests, and colossal glaciers, Alaska's secluded state capital beckons nature enthusiasts. The downtown area, framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, boasts historic bars, boutique shops, and landmarks. Immerse yourself in local culture by exploring the historic district and Alaska State Museum. For outdoor adventures, options abound, from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to trekking the tundra atop Mendenhall Glacier, and even trying your luck at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.
Day 5: Skagway, Alaska & Inside Passage, Alaska
Skagway, once the launching point for gold seekers en route to the Yukon's promised land, epitomizes the essence of Alaska. Now, it's your chance to embark on a quest for adventure. Follow in the footsteps of fortune seekers on a vintage train ride, reveling in sweeping views at every twist and turn. Explore the dense rainforest and windswept valleys along the Chilkoot Trail, retracing the path of Klondike pioneers. Alternatively, wander through the charming downtown streets adorned with historical buildings. Whatever your pursuit in Skagway, it promises to be a day etched in your memory forever.
Inside Passage, Alaska
The scenery along the Inside Passage offers pristine water, snow capped mountains, deep fjords and forested islands. With its mild, maritime climate, this area is prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoise and whales. Much of the southern panhandle is part of the Tongass National Forest, a 16.8 million acre rainforest. Glacier Bay National park has 16 active tidewater glaciers and Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000-foot cliffs rising directly from pristine ocean channels. Things to See & Do
* Misty Fiords National Monument
* Glacier Bay National park
* Tongass National Forest
* Sitka National Historical Park
Day 6: Cruising
Day at sea.
Day 7: Victoria, B.C, Canada
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. It is a major tourist destination with attractions such as the First Nations totem poles, heritage architecture, restaurants and cafés, a bustling harbour, museums, gardens and art galleries. Victoria’s downtown area is decorated with English-style lamp posts and hanging flower baskets, and its shops and stores are mainly located in well preserved heritage buildings. Beacon Hill Park is popular with visitors as are the Butchart Gardens. Victoria's varied coastline includes waterfront walkways, water taxi terminals, marinas and sandy pebbled beaches. The Inner Harbour, the "Hub" of Victoria, is central to many activities including the BC Provincial Museum and the Pacific Undersea Gardens. Things to See & Do * Beacon Hill Park * Royal British Columbia Museum * Market Square * Pacific Undersea Gardens * Butchart Gardens
Day 8: Seattle, Washington