The Best Alaska Cruise Stops

Would you like to go to the best Alaska cruise stops? Then, check out what you can do at port before you book your trip.

Best Alaska Cruise Stops
Ketchikan, the "Salmon Capital of the World," is a common stop for those who are traveling from Seattle or San Francisco. Be prepared to get wet. The annual rainfall in Ketchikan is 15 feet. Sites to visit include:

  • Saxman Native Village or Totem Bright State Park for totem poles
  • Strolling Historic Creek Street and taking in the museums along the way, including the Tongass Historical Museum
  • Exploring the Deer Valley Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center
  • Walking through the Alaska Rainforest Recreational Sanctuary
  • Taking in the Misty Fjords National Monument

Juneau can only be accessed by ocean or by air. Despite its inaccessibility, Juneau is the capital of Alaska.  Points of interest include:

  • Alaska State Museum, which has permanent exhibits on the Native Americans, Russians and Americans who have inhabited Alaska as well as Alaska's natural history
  • Whale watching cruises
  • Macauley Salmon Hatchery
  • The Denali National Park and Preserve to see Mt. McKinley, which, at 20,320 feet, is the highest mountain in North America
  • Totem Heritage Center, protecting 19th century Tlingit and Haida totem poles
  • Tongass National Forest, including the Mendenhall Glacier

Anchorage is one of the best Alaska cruise stops. It's the largest city in Alaska, is close to active volcanoes and the starting point of the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. You might enjoy:

  • Sports fishing
  • The Alaska Museum of Natural History for fossils and dinosaurs
  • Chugach State Park, the third largest state park in the United States, with bears, dall sheep and moose
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center, which includes histories of 11 Alaskan cultures

Skagway is the "Gateway to the Yukon," where gold was discovered in late 19th century. It was noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most people tossing eggs.  You might like:

  • Going to the Valley of the Glaciers via helicopter and taking a walk on a glacier.
  • Exploring the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which can include hiking on the Chilkoot trail, seeing buildings in the Skagway Historical District and visiting Dyea, a Gold Rush town.

Make sure that you explore local events as you book your tour. You may be able to attend a festival that is only held once a year that happens to fall within your cruise dates.

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