Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska, also known as the Alaska Panhandle, is a picturesque area of mountains, fjords, rainforests and small coastal towns.

The area is popular with visitors for its scenery and mild climate. The inside passage offers activities such as whale watching, kayaking and canoeing. It is also a popular route for cruise ships during the summer.

More than 80 percent of Southeast Alaska is part of the Tongass National Forest, which, at 16.9 million acres, is the largest National Forest in the United States. Almost half of Tongass is covered by ice, water, wetlands and rock. It includes Mendenhall, LeConte and Hubbard glaciers as well as the Alexander Archipelago.

The Alaska portion of the inside passage runs through channels and fjords which are formed by the tops of submerged mountains of the Coast Ranges. These mountain tops make up the 1,100 islands of the Alexander Archipelago.

The southeast was the first area of Alaska settled when it was acquired by the United States from Russia in the Alaska Purchase in 1867.

Native American and Russian influences can be seen in the small coastal towns along the inside passage. The onion-domed, icon-laden churches are evidence of the Russians who once settled the land. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsmishian people have lived in Southeast Alaska for over 10,000 years. Their history is carved into towering totem poles.

The towns of Haines, Skagway and Hyder are all accessible by road through Canada but most communities, such as Juneau, the capital of Alaska, are only accessible by sea or air. The Alaska Marine Highway provides transportation between towns and also connects Southeast Alaska with the rest of Alaska and the continental United States.

Juneau

Arts & Adventure

In Juneau, Alaska’s scenic capital city, cosmopolitan charm and rich history combine with the stunning wilderness of the Tongass National Forest and the bountiful waters of the Inside Passage.

Juneau is Southeast Alaska’s hub with convenient air and ferry service to Inside Passage communities, Glacier Bay National Park, Anchorage…read more

Haines

The Adventure Capital of Alaska

Haines is a popular stop for RVers traveling between the Yukon and Alaska—with its combination of history, culture, scenery and adventure, there’s something for everyone.

Located at the northern end of Southeast Alaska, Haines sits on the shores of the northern Lynn Canal, the deepest, longest fjord in North America…read more

Juneau

Arts & Adventure

In Juneau, Alaska’s scenic capital city, cosmopolitan charm and rich history combine with the stunning wilderness of the Tongass National Forest and the bountiful waters of the Inside Passage.

Juneau is Southeast Alaska’s hub with convenient air and ferry service to Inside Passage communities, Glacier Bay National Park, Anchorage…read more

Skagway

History, Beauty & Adventure

Skagway is Alaska’s first incorporated city and the Gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Nestled at the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage, the streets are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did 100 years ago.

Skagway’s history…read more

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