Cruise ships near Ketchikan Alaska

Far from being a one horse town, Ketchikan is a six cruise ship town. These mammoth floating hotels dock at the port right at the heart of the town. Ship visitors stroll down the gang ways straight into souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, and tourist attraction vendors.
Apart from people watching, at least when the cruise ships are there, there is actually much to see within walking distance of the Ketchikan cruise ship docks, including the shops along quaint and picturesque Creek Street, with its historic buildings overhanging a crystal-clear, salmon-filled stream.
Set amongst the lush Tongass rainforest, surrounded by magnificent peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers, there’s a fair bit for the nature lover as well, assuming they have longer to spend there than the average cruise ship stay of five or six hours.
Once these people movers have moved on, the town is very quiet and the shops close all most immediately!

Docked Cruiseships at Ketchikan on the Alaska marine highway and inside passage.

Docked Cruiseships at Ketchikan on the Alaska marine highway and inside passage.

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Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska

The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is a beautiful small city set on a salt water channel and surrounded by magnificent alpine peaks. It’s is a nature lovers paradise, with great shops, restaurants, and the only glacier, the Mendenhall, within the municipal limits of any city.
The Herbert Glacier is about a 5 hour round trip by foot (about half the time by bike) along  the obviously named Herbert glacier trail. The trail starts around 40 km or 25 miles from Juneau, .The glacier is part of the Juneau Icefield, which contains the the glaciers Eagle,Taku and the famous impressive previously, mentioned Mendenhall.
It has the appearance of being in the middle of nowhere and it is relatively speaking. But this is Alaska and that means adventurers, locals and tourists are everywhere during it’s short summer. Well worth the effort to visit!

Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. A smal Glacier that's part of the Juneau Icefield

Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska. A small Glacier that’s part of the Juneau Icefield

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