Cruising is likely what will bring you to this region of temperate rainforests, glaciers, fjords, and coastal mountains. It’s heavily trafficked during the summer months, with visitors exploring the waterways, small islands, and coastal towns on cruise ships. But independent travelers can get around just as well, using ferries, water taxis, and island-hopping planes. You can’t miss all the glaciers, or the huge populations of whales, sea lions, and seals. Alaska’s capital, Juneau, is the main city draw here. Head to Sitka to experience the state’s Russian influence, and check out native Alaskan totem collections there and in Ketchikan.