A cruise on the world renown Inside Passage in Alaska is a must-do if you enjoy traveling by boat through some of the most scenic landscapes in America.
Stretching between coastal British Columbia to the south and the Alaska Panhandle to the north, the Inside Passage boasts over 1,000 islands tucked within and bordered by the Alexander Archipelago and over 15,000 miles of seacoast.
MAP OF THE ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE
Shaped by the staggering force of ancient glaciers formed thousands of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts majestic fjords which are habitat for abundant wildlife including bald eagles, sea lions, bear, deer, wolves, migrating seabirds, porpoises and whales. The shores of the Inside Passage are lush with temperate rainforests eco-systems which host a variety of unusual flora and plantlife. The Inside Passage area in Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida Indians whose history is carved in towering totem poles. Russian settlers of these Alaskan communities left a legacy of onion-domed churches.
The Inside Passage is also sometimes referred to as the Inland Passage which is in turn a reference to early explorers’ quest to locate the Northwest Passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Long known as a destination for kayakers and canoeists from all over the world as well as cruise enthusiasts, the Inside Passage is also known for its many National Parks including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, home to Admiralty Island National Monument (Kootznoowoo Wilderness), South Baranof Wilderness and Fords Terror Wilderness (with Tracy Arm, Endicott Arm and Dawes and Sawyer Glaciers).
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