Visit Alaska’s Inside Passage if you want to see massive tidewater glaciers, small coastal towns, and Alaska’s state capital - Juneau.
Southeast / Inside Passage
Getting AroundMost visitors arrive by an Alaska Cruise. You can also utilize the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, fly into Juneau and take smaller planes to island hop to other destinations, or drive through Canada. However, roads only reach Skagway or Haines in the northern part of the region.
Little Known FactIf you like the idea of cruising, but aren't crazy about crowds, take a small ship cruise. They visit lesser-known ports and spend more time soaking in the dramatic scenery.
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.