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Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 17: Some Final Thoughts

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 17: Some Final Thoughts Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. And so we come to the end of our Alaskan adventure: a tiny prop plane that would take me from Skagway to Juneau where I would...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 16: The Crazy Nightlife of Skagway

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 16: The Crazy Nightlife of Skagway Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Although Skagway was the smallest town we visited in Alaska, it had the most fascinating nightlife. I hadn't expected this from...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 15: Eating Well in Skagway

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 15: Eating Well in Skagway Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Since Skagway is at the dead-end of a fjord, fishing is not a major industry here and, as a result, seafood is not as plentiful...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 14: Touring the Glaciers of Skagway by Helicopter

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 14: Touring the Glaciers of Skagway by Helicopter Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. We saved our very best Alaskan experience for the last day of our trip. I had never been on a helicopter before and was quite...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 13: Boots, Boats and Trains in Skagway

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 13: Boots, Boats and Trains in Skagway Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Skagway is bursting with wonderful outdoor opportunities and excursions. Part of what differentiates Skagway's...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 12: The Wonderful Wild West Town of Skagway

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 12: The Wonderful Wild West Town of Skagway Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. The town of Skagway is a quaint little place of 800 residents tucked into a river valley at the very end of a dramatic fjord....

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 11: The Joys of Filling your Stomach in Juneau

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 11: The Joys of Filling your Stomach in Juneau Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Juneau and the area which surrounds it is a feast for the senses, especially my two favorites: sight and taste. Towards the end...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 10: Salmon Fishing and Whale Watching in Juneau

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 10: Salmon Fishing and Whale Watching in Juneau Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. It's practically sacrilegious to visit Alaska and not go whale watching or salmon fishing. One rainy afternoon in Juneau, we...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 9: Adventuring in the Wilds of Juneau

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 9: Adventuring in the Wilds of Juneau Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Although rain prevented us from viewing Mendenhall Glacier up close in a helicopter, it did not prevent us from other outdoor...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 8: Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 8: Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. It rains a lot in Juneau and when it does, outdoor adventures are rarely canceled-unless they happen to involve planes or...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 7: Exploring Juneau

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 7: Exploring Juneau Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. The second destination on our self-proclaimed Alaskan Land Cruise was the city of Juneau. Juneau is the third largest...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 6: The Tasty Food of Ketchikan

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 6: The Tasty Food of Ketchikan Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. There is really only one thing on the menu in Alaska: seafood. There are hot dogs and hamburgers and steaks, of course, but no...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 5: The Eagles and Salmon of Ketchikan

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 5: The Eagles and Salmon of Ketchikan Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. With all the cool things we had planned for Ketchikan, the one I initially thought would be the most boring actually turned out...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 4: Rope Courses and Zip Lines in Ketchikan

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 4: Rope Courses and Zip Lines in Ketchikan Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. On our third day in Ketchikan, Alaska my friends and I decided to opt for one of the many "soft adventure" excursions so very...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 3: Things to do on the Water in Ketchikan

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 3: Things to do on the Water in Ketchikan Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. So much of Alaska revolves around the waterways which surround it. My second day in Ketchikan involved two separate trips on...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 2: Quaint Ketchikan

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 2: Quaint Ketchikan Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. I had never realized just how easy it is to get to Alaska. I had always envisioned it as a far off, exotic location that...

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 1

Alaska without the Cruise Ship Part 1 For most people, "Alaska" is synonymous with "cruise ship." In fact, of the 1.6 million tourists who visited Alaska last year, 1 million did so by cruise ship. For whatever reason, it has been drilled into our heads that there is no other way to see the 49th state. This...

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