Why This Trip?
Southeast Alaska is full of small towns that are big on adventure. From Alaska's capital city of Juneau to the classic towns of the Inside Passage like Haines and Skagway, you'll find tidewater glaciers, tons of wildlife, and plenty of Alaskan charm. Visit as an extension of your land trip from Anchorage, or an independent vacation flying in from Seattle.
Fly from Anchorage or Seattle to Juneau
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Enjoy your direct flight from Anchorage or Seattle into Juneau. Once you get settled, your first outing should be to see Alaska's capital city from above. Hop on the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway and skim the tops of spruce trees as you ascend to the top of 3,819-foot Mount Roberts and enjoy breathtaking views. A great way to get a lay of the town (and stretch those legs after your flight) is a guided bike tour. You can also go panning for gold (and keep what you find!) and learn about the history of gold mining here.
Day & Overnight in Juneau
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Enjoy a full day in this gorgeous city that's surrounded by towering peaks. You'll find some fun options for whale-watching, bear viewing, or dog sledding, or a spectacular flightseeing trip! And definitely don't pass up the opportunity to see one of Juneau's main attractions -- Mendenhall Glacier. You can raft or kayak, or hike right on the ice!
Fly from Juneau to Skagway
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Today you'll take a super-quick 40-minute flight to Skagway; it's a huge time savings over the 7-hour car ferry. When you arrive, you'll want to start exploring this dramatically scenic town, set on the water and surrounded by towering mountains. Go on a walking tour of the quaint downtown and check out the cute shops.
Day & Overnight in Skagway
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Make the most of your full day in the beautiful Skagway area today: Take a train ride through history on the White Pass & Yukon Route. You'll truly feel like you're traveling back in time as you chug up through the heart of the Yukon, passing glacial rivers, waterfalls, and gorges. Choose from a half- or full-day outing. Take the morning half-day option and you'll have time to add another activity, like a spectacular helicopter ride to an icy blue glacier. Here you can go for a guided glacier hike or experience the iconic Alaskan sport of dogsledding!
Ferry from Skagway to Haines
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Experience jaw-dropping scenery as you take the 45-minute fast ferry from Skagway to Haines, with mountains climbing on either side of your. Then take in more of this beautiful setting as you get out on the water again, this time on a sea kayaking or rafting tour, where you'll also see marine wildlife, bears, and bald eagles. Choose a half-day tour and return to Skagway in the afternoon, or opt for a full-day tour and spend the night in Haines.