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How to Navigate Alaska's Inside Passage

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Exploring this area of Alaska from a small ship gives a traveler access to the more exclusive off-the beaten path discoveries. From the food, to the historic renovation of the boat to the wildlife viewing, this session of eco-luxury tourism leaves the visitor with a remarkable sense of place that will reverberate long after you have left the embrace of the Inside Passage’s wilderness.
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Sitka Harbor, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
One of the best ways to see Alaska's Inside Passage is aboard a small ship cruise. They allow the passengers to travel much deeper and get into bays and rivers not accessible to large cruise ships. My experience was with AdventureSmith...
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Sitka, AK, USA
Scattered islands and rugged coastline filled the window upon landing in Sitka on Baranof Island. Tall pines and small cottages were surrounded by crashing waves layered in blues as crisp and clear as any Caribbean sea. Discovering Alaska’s Inside...
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Baranof Island, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
On the north of Baranof Island lies Hanus Bay, a calm, fairly secluded cove perfect for kayaking. The clear water reflects the tall pines and eagles can be seen circling above and landing in the enormous trees. Their expert eyes are spotting the...
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Chichagof Island, Alaska, USA
The first opportunity to observe bears in the wild took place after a hike in Pavlov Harbor. We were in the ABC's of brown bear habitat: Admiralty, Baranoft and Chichagof Islands, with the highest concentration in the world. Our small group of...
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Angoon, AK, USA
I knew the views would be spectacular on my AdventureSmith travels, but little did I know there would be so many culinary delights as well. Working in the smallest of kitchens, the chef continually served a variety of creative meals. The Korean...
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Baranof Island, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
Salmon is the real gold rush in The Last Frontier. The Alaskan salmon culture is a story of hope. Often represented in carved totem poles, it is a symbol of abundance, renewal, fertility and dependability. Northwest Native Americans have relied on...
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LeConte Glacier, Alaska 99833, USA
Ice gardens on the way to Le Conte glacier. Any one of these enormous, unpredictable floating icebergs could tear a massive hole in our wooden vessel. Luckily our expert captain was skilled at threading the needle. The color of the ice is related...
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Petersburg, AK 99833, USA
There’s a huge number of humpback whales who really know how to live: They winter near Hawaii and summer in the waters off of Petersburg, a small Alaskan town that leans decidedly Norwegian. Though the whales might not care about the...