Consider planning your trip when the Inside Passage is blanketed with spring wildflowers or ablaze with fall foliage. Spring whale migrations, fall bald eagle gatherings, winter trumpeter swans – exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and substantial savings can be found during spring and fall. Winters offer downhill and cross country skiing, eagle watching, scuba diving, and more. Use this information in this section to help you plan your Inside Passage adventure.
We invite you to experience Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, also known as “The Panhandle” or “Southeast”. You’ll find many of Alaska’s top attractions and activities throughout the region, along with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, vibrant Native cultures, fascinating histories and exceptional hospitality. Learn more about towns in our region like Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, and Whitehorse, Canada.
Communities to Explore
The following communities are ready to welcome you.
A place exists in Alaska where the past lives on, where the cries of “gold in the Yukon” still echo from steep canyon walls, where the sounds of barroom pianos and boomtown crowds ring out in the night. A place where the romance and excitement of yesteryear linger around every street corner, every bend in the trail.
Skagway… The wide Pacific lying at it’s door, the historic little community, known as the “Gateway to the Klondike,” occupies a lovely site with snow-capped and glaciated peaks as a backdrop. A port of call on south east Alaska’s Inside Passage route , this waterfront town, with it’s pervasive frontier flavour, attracts thousands of visitors annually via road, rail and seaway. Learn More…
On the shores of the longest fjord in America, Haines is located in the most picturesque setting the human eye has seen. Surrounded by glacier-covered mountains rising from the sea and numerous lakes and streams abundant with fish and wildlife, you’ll feel like you have come home to paradise.
Uniquely rich in Tlingit culture and Alaskan history, Haines offers a wide range of things to see and do including nature and adventure tours, artist galleries, quaint retail shops, and out of the ordinary museums including the world’s only Hammer Museum . See artists’ exceptional work from jewelry to totems poles in local galleries and shops and take yourself on a walking tour of historical Fort Seward. A full calendar of events highlights the lifestyle and flavor of our small community. Learn More…
Yakutat Alaska has got what you are looking for; we have it all and invite you to share it with us. Miles and miles of beach to walk, run, ride, surf, fish and view the awesome wildlife in their divine habitat.
Yakutat is surrounded by the breathtaking Mt. St. Elias Range; Mt. St. Elias stands 18,008, the second highest peak in both Canada and the United States. Yakutat is the home of the renowned Mt. St. Elias Dancers and JOM Mt. St. Elias, and so much more. Learn More….
Juneau, Alaska’s capital city is the third largest city in the state. Like Alaska, Juneau is full of contrasts, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community’s rich culture and history is displayed throughout the town. Juneau has a vibrant urban feel with great dining, shopping and lodging, while being surrounded by jaw-dropping scenic vistas.
Travelers can expect a host of activities from wild to mild. Choose hiking miles of scenic trails through temperate rainforest, tidal beaches and up mountains capped by alpine meadows, or take to the air for stunning views of the coastal mountains and the Juneau Icefield. Helicopters and floatplanes give visitors an exhilarating view and make it possible get a sense of the vast wilderness surrounding Juneau, travelers can communicate effectively from the wild using a satellite communicator. Backcountry camping, bird watching, bear viewing and berry picking can all happen in the same trip! Learn More…
Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park: Surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus offers a panoramic view of the majestic Fairweather Mountains and the Chilkat Range. Gustavus has an expanse of sandy beaches, open land and forest..
Visitors arrive by plane or boat as there are no outside roads connected to the area. Air taxis, Alaska Airlines jet, and a privately run ferry provide service to Gustavus from Juneau during the summer months. Saltwater fishing and natural history boat charters, kayak rentals, flight seeing, whale watch tours, golf, biking and hiking allow access to the wilderness that surrounds us. Local cafes, galleries and gift shops are in the town center. Learn More…
For the seekers of treasures natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island. With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past.
Ancestral home of the Tlingit Indians, captured by the Russians, sold to the Americans – Sitka carries the legacy of each. While this fascinating heritage is well documented in local museums, Sitka’s ancestry isn’t found only in shelved archives and artifacts. Rather it is all around. Learn More…
Outdoor adventure and activities await you in Wrangell. Either on land or on the water. The protected waters in Southeast Alaska near Wrangell are filled with Islands and bays and harbors rich with wildlife just waiting to be explored. The waterways provide excellent sea kayaking and opportunity for exploration by wildlife charter tours. Fishing is spectacular. Give yourself peace of mind by keeping a lightweight Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) with you in your adventure.
Halibut and all 5 species of salmon are key targets by visiting fishermen. Nearby lakes and streams provide excellent opportunities for both spin cast and fly-fishing. Wrangell also has the only regulation USGA approved golf course in Southeast Alaska. Muskeg Meadows has tournaments almost every weekend. Learn More…
A scenic town perched along the shores of coastal mountains and surrounded by protected waterways, Ketchikan is a popular cruise destination, as well as a wonderful spot for travelers who want to experience wilderness and adventure. Ketchikan’s nickname, The Salmon Capital of the World comes from its heyday as a salmon canning center. That abundance of salmon continues to provide outstanding sportfishing opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Ketchikan’s name comes from the Tlingit word “Kichxaan”. The area’s true first settlers established a summer fish camp along the shores of Ketchikan Creek. In 1900 Ketchikan was incorporated and today 14,000 people live, work and play here. Learn More…
The year was 1898 and Gold Fever was in the air. Stampeders from across North America were flocking to the Klondike Gold Fields in great numbers. The trek to the Klondike, which began in Skagway, Alaska, and over the Chilkoot Pass, was punctuated by numerous hazards, none more feared than the infamous Miles Canyon Rapids. As fortune seekers gathered at the head of the rapids, an assortment of temporary structures was built, and the first town site of our city was created.
These early settlers noted that the rapids looked like the manes of charging white horses. The town became known as “White Horse” until 1957 when the Geographic Board of Canada adopted its current spelling of “Whitehorse”. Learn More…
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