May - September
A historical “tour,” for many people, can feel slow: a lot of stop-and-go, and strangely tiring for a small amount of distance. This guided walk by a Juneau-based operator, on the other hand, offers a stimulating mix of history lessons, local anecdotes, and a nicely brisk walk—all within the gorgeous scenery of Alaska. And you’ll finish, nicely, with an Alaska beer tasting at the end.
Just outside Ketchikan, the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary promises a close-up view of old-growth forest, salmon habitat, an historic lumber mill, totem carving, raptor exhibits, and chances to see black bear and other wildlife – all in under 3 hours! There’s no better introduction to Alaska’s Southeast than this showcase of ecology, wildlife, history and Native culture.
Getting a workout while on vacation need not limit you to a hotel gym or cruise ship fitness facility. This Juneau-based health club operator combines an energetic workout with classic Alaska sightseeing opportunities. Lasting two to three hours, the tours are especially convenient for cruise passengers.