As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Southeast Alaska is one of the most staggeringly beautiful places in North America, with its fjords, rivers, glaciers, mountains, and dense forests. Not to mention wildlife everywhere you turn!
The trip begins in Juneau with a ferry ride up Lynn Canal to the tiny town of Haines, nestled in the lap of the Chilkat Range. From our base in a small, historic lodge, we spend our time exploring the interesting museums and community of Haines and floating the Chilkat River through the Chilkat Eagle Preserve.
Leaving Haines behind, we board a scenic charter flight and fly over the mountains to Gustavus, gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. We have three glorious days to relish the grandeur of Glacier Bay. We very appropriately spend most of our time on the water—on a scenic cruise to see tidewater glaciers and on a whale-watching cruise to Point Adolphus, in hopes of seeing whales feeding. There will also be time for optional fishing, kayaking, and hiking.
We fly back to Juneau to spend our last night and day, taking in one last grand view with a trip by tram to the top of Mount Roberts and a visit to Mendenhall Glacier. After a farewell dinner in town, we’ll pack our bags and prepare for tomorrow’s flights home.