Cruising in Alaska is much more than majestic glaciers. The town ports of Alaska are a beautiful destinations rich in Gold Rush and Pioneer history.
Ketchikan is a great little town rich in Gold Rush history and world famous for salmon fishing. The main attraction is Creek Street, that used to Alaska Red Light District. Nowadays the area is great for a stroll and souvenir shopping. Whale watching and salmon fishing are two other activities very popular in this port of call.
Juneau is the State Capital of Alaska. It is the only State Capital in Mainland USA that is not connected by any road. The city is still an important mining center. In downtown Juneau gold stores are quite abundant. The main attraction is the Mendenhall glacier. a short drive from the port. The glacier is quiet majestic surrounded by beautiful mountains and a pristine lake with lots of floating iceberg. Lots of easy walking trails reach Rainbow falls the perfect place to take great photos of the glacier. The Information center is very informative and interesting.
Skagway is the port where the gold rush history is more predominant. The town is frozen in the Gold Rush era. Walking in the street of Skagway is like going back in time. The famous and infamous white pass can be reached from the town by train or by bus. The ride is quite spectacular with old wooden bridges, majestic mountains and snowy peeks. The railroad was completed in 1900, and it runs from Skagway to Whitehorse Yukon.