Transportation Services. Unique Experiences. Things to do in Ketchikan. Misty Fjords National Monument. Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Port of Ketchikan. Creek Street. Totem Bight State Historical Park. Totem Heritage Center. Tongass Historical Museum. Inside Passage. All Recommendations. How to Spend 3 Days in Ketchikan. This allows for calmer waters, which is why many ferries and cruise ships choose to use it to transport travelers.
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.
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.
Hours: Daily. Filter Close. Back Close. Time of Day Morning. Duration Up to 1 hour 0. Customer Rating star More Good for avoiding crowds. To the boys, this ride through the Inside Passage might have felt like a glorified commute, but it was also a passage to adulthood.
It was tough, but it could have been harder, was a common sentiment. A few blisters, a few scratches and a sack full of great memories is what they came away with, along with a hunger to do more.
A solo effort perhaps, like Roger Mann, the iconic single-hander they encountered at Higgins Pass for a powwow and a meal of shared salmon. Or doing it like Karl Kruger, the first man ever to finish this race on a standup paddleboard.
Then it will be their turn as elder statesmen on the poop deck to harness the unbridled energy of youth while hogging the smart stick. Digital Boat Show. Under 40'. Vessels 40''. Boater's University. Marine Services. Great Lakes. International News. Coast Guard Rescues. People and Places. Boating News. Boat Shows. Each of these companies offered quite a few different Alaska cruise routes to choose from.
We also liked the fact that they had six different 7-day Alaska cruise itineraries to choose from in the Inside Passage alone. But we liked the fact that the family that owns the parent company , Allen Marine, are all Alaska natives. They were also the very first company ever to offer an Alaska Inside Passage cruise, and had numerous options available. Once we narrowed it down to these two cruise companies, choosing the best Alaska cruise for us really came down to the itinerary. But we did want to spend a few days in the national park , see lots of wildlife and glaciers, explore as much of the wilderness as possible, and learn more about the indigenous cultures of the area, especially the Tlingit.
It offered an active schedule that included lots of hiking and kayaking , indigenous people as the expedition leader and cultural interpreter, and numerous intriguing shore excursions that were not available on any of the UnCruise Alaska trips.
Every day of our Alaska trip brought engaging morning and afternoon activities that allowed us to get off the ship and get active. One thing we loved about Alaskan Dream Cruises was how quickly they adjusted the itinerary when bad weather interfered.
Here are a few of our favorite Alaska cruise excursions:. The glacier was named for Thomas Mendenhall, who led the National Geodetic Survey from to , but never actually visited the area. Alaska Retreats. Location of our Retreats. Structure of our Retreats.
The biggest difference is that Modzelewski survived, McCandless did not. But there are other smaller differences too. Modzelewski doesn't shun human contact quite the way McCandless did, he also approaches the challenge of Alaska with more respect and humility.
Perhaps it's the d Interesting reading Modzelewski's book a few months after I had finished Into the Wild , because in many ways he and Chris McCandless are identical. Perhaps it's the difference of several years of maturity between the two men. Either way, the fact is, Modzelewski succeeded where McCandless did not. I became aware of this book after a cruise this summer on the Golden Princess, where Modzelewski was the ship's naturalist.
He did a series of talks for the passengers on his experiences living solo in the inside passage. As a speaker, Modzelewski is quite good. He has a flowing rhythm as he talks and speaks in flowery prose. However, the same style that makes him such an excellent speaker I found somewhat less enjoyable on the page.
His descriptions can become almost overbearingly poetic at times, to the point where it sometimes felt forced or heavy-handed. None the less, if you can forgive him for that, the story is an interesting, pleasant read, particularly for someone who has recently been to southeastern Alaska.
Sep 13, Julie Newman-baker rated it it was amazing. After seeing him lecture on our Alaska Cruise, I bought all 3 of his books. This was a captivating read. You felt like you were right there with him! May 19, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir. Dave and I both enjoyed this book very much. It immersed us in the flora, fauna and culture of the Inside Passage.
The rich, beautiful chapter about autumn was, in my opinion, worth the whole book.Alaska’s Inside Passage evokes a wider, more ancient and visceral sen. These practices open us to the grace connection and interconnection and dissolve the feelings of .