DAY 1 – Prince Rupert, B.C.
Begin your trip in Prince Rupert, B.C., southern gateway to the Inside Passage. See the Museum of Northern British Columbia with its wealth of the North Coast Indian Artifacts. Vehicle storage space is available if traveling by car or RV.
Board the Alaska Marine Highway System for an incredible six-hour cruise up the Inside passage or take a 40 minute commuter flight to Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world. Tour the downtown Deer Mountain Hatchery and watch salmon milling around the entrance to Ketchikan creek. Two totem pole parks, a wonderful museum, and the Totem Heritage Center are other notable Ketchikan sights. While in Ketchikan don’t miss the opportunity to spend a half day or several days fishing.
Continue your Inside Passage journey with a stunning 51/2 hour ferry ride or 45 minute commuter flight to Wrangell, near the mouth of the mighty Stikine river. Visit a Tlingit clan house and the totem poles on Shakes Island. Wrangell also has petroglyphs and a garnet ledge for rock hounds! If you are staying longer visit Anan Bear Observatory or take an exciting boat trip on the Stikine River.
A 3 hour ferry ride or 20 minute commuter flight to Petersburg winds through the spectacular Wrangell Narrows between Mitkof and Kupreanof Islands. Founded by Norwegians, Petersburg charms visitors with hand-painted Norwegian rosemaling on shopfronts and house shutters. You’ll see a 126.5 pound world record salmon at Clausen Memorial Museum.
Return by ferry or air to Ketchikan. Consider taking a boat or flightseeing tour of the spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument before catching a plane back to Prince Rupert, or destinations beyond.