Featuring: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau
Day 1 Ketchikan
Arrive into Ketchikan, located just 1.5 hours from Seattle by jet. Ketchikan is known for its impressive totem displays, so a stop at either Saxman Village or Totem Bight State Park is a must. Also be sure and visit the downtown area and Creek Street, a boardwalk-lined pedestrian area featuring several shops, restaurants, galleries and even a museum. Learn about Ketchikan’s historic lumberjack history at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack show or take a boat tour or kayak trip to the 2.3-million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument. If you prefer to explore the area by foot, Ketchikan offers a wide variety of trails, including the moderate Ward Creek Trail in Tongass National Forest, a stunning rainforest most of which is only accessible by hiking.
Day 2 Wrangell
Take the Alaska Marine Highway to Wrangell, located at the mouth of the Stikine River. Wrangell is also known for its collection of totems, with more than a dozen scattered throughout town and on Chief Shakes Island. Just north of town, Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park is a popular beach-combing location full of prehistoric rock carvings. Wrangell is home to the Rainbow Falls and Institute Creek Trail, a stunning hike of almost seven miles, which is well worth the walk and takes travelers to one-of-a-kind views of Rainbow Falls as well as Shoemaker Bay. Just 30 miles from Wrangell is Anan Wildlife Observatory, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of bears in the state. From the viewing platforms, view eagles, harbor seals, black bears and some brown bears.
Day 3 Petersburg
Continue on the ferry to Petersburg, known as “Little Norway” and a classic fishing town with the largest home-based halibut fleet in Alaska. The scenic waterfront is lined with wharfs, homes, businesses and two canneries overlooking the harbor bulging with vessels, barges, ferries and seaplanes. View buildings painted in the traditional Norwegian style or watch a Norwegian dance performance. Board a day cruise to see the icebergs of Le Conte Glacier or the whales of Frederick Sound, or choose a fishing charter for halibut, salmon or other sport fish species. Take a short ride out of town, and you can find yourself strolling along a stunning Alaska beach at Sumner Strait or the Ohmer Creek Trail before overnighting at one of the charming bed and breakfasts or hotels in Petersburg.
Day 4 Juneau
From Petersburg, hop a short flight to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Take the tram to the top of Mount Roberts for an eagle’s eye view of the surrounding area. Visit one of the city’s museums for a view of Juneau’s cultural and gold rush history. Helicopter flightseeing tours take visitors up to the Juneau Ice Field to experience glacier trekking, or a dog sled ride on the ice. Whether you want to catch a glimpse of a glacier on a Mendenhall Glacier trek or meander through the area’s stunning wilderness along a local favorite in the six-mile Perseverance Trail, Juneau places dozens of adventures at your fingertips. From here, jet service will return you to Seattle in about 2.5 hours.